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SpiritJordanRivers 05-08-2010 07:30 PM

Choosing a Bit . . .
Ok, so, I have a 7 year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding that I'm about to start training him Saddleseat. He's currently in an Eggbutt Snaffle, but I'd really like to switch him to a curb bit. I'm really stuck on what bit I should get him. I hear great things about the Brenda Imus Comfort Bit and my old trainer wanted him in a Wonder Bit, but I'd rather not switch him to that. What bit do you think I need for him?

justsambam08 05-08-2010 08:09 PM

First question: why does he need a curb bit? Or why do you want to change bits?

themacpack 05-08-2010 10:53 PM

What are you hoping to accomplish with the change?

vivache 05-08-2010 11:52 PM

Tenessee Walkers are shown in curb bits, usually.

The majority of my instructor's horses use Billy Allen curbs.. none of that 12-inch funky shank business. Only one uses a WonderBit.

SpiritJordanRivers 05-09-2010 06:42 PM

He does better in a curb bit then a snaffle bit

justsambam08 05-09-2010 06:50 PM


Originally Posted by SpiritJordanRivers (Post 628588)
He does better in a curb bit then a snaffle bit

I'd say thats a training problem then. A horse should treat all bits the same (i.e. responding to all cues well), a curb bit means its just less work on your part.

SpiritJordanRivers 05-10-2010 03:41 PM

Ok then I want a curb, which bit should I get?

BlackAmethyst 07-30-2010 03:27 PM

The Roberts Reining horse bit is a WONDERFUL bit. My friends use them on there walkers and it is a medium port bit.

abbyshamrock 08-02-2010 11:49 PM

Heyy cool cool!! Saddleseat is a lot of fun! Ummmm... Really, it all depends on how your horse works. If your horse isn't consistent in tucking his nose without you having to work your bridle ever second, your going to want a higher port bit with a long shank. The more your horse is lighter in the bridle the lower the port has to be.

twogeldings 08-03-2010 12:17 AM

Look for a short shanked, low (or no) port bit. My gelding Loki was worked in a medium/shortish shanked bit with a solid, slightly curved mouthpiece. He worked wonderfully in it, but I've taken him back to a snaffle.

I suggest something like that, it's lightweight and easy on the mouth. Won't send the horse into hysterics at the slightest touch of the reins.

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