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Soul 02-13-2011 10:28 PM

New (to me) Bit!!!!!!
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I got this super cool, fancy bit at a tack sale last weekend and I want some opinions on it. I'm debating using it on my horse. It is an antique, real silver show bit that I got for cheap. At first I thought it would look cool on display or hung on the wall with my other collection of antique bits and spurs. But it would look snazzy on my western pleasure/ reining horse. But it has quite the curve and shank on it and I was wondering if it would be ok to use...
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Soul 02-13-2011 10:29 PM

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smrobs 02-13-2011 10:32 PM

Wow, nice find. The only thing I don't like about it is that it appears the outer edges of the mouthpiece are squared and that would make it a little harsher than if it was round, but if your horse is well trained and you have soft hands, I see no reason at all why you couldn't use it.

Soul 02-13-2011 11:30 PM

That's what I was thinking. I don't want that curve to dig into the roof of her mouth. I might test it out...

smrobs 02-13-2011 11:40 PM

That port is nowhere near tall enough to really affect the palate, especially if the curb chain is adjusted correctly. :D

love 02-14-2011 12:11 AM


Originally Posted by smrobs (Post 927829)
That port is nowhere near tall enough to really affect the palate, especially if the curb chain is adjusted correctly. :D

Good! You know more than the lady at the tack sake who said to me "I would never put a bit with a port like that in my horses mouth! It hurts them!" that is what brought up the question on whether to use it or not. I will have my trainer adjust it on my horse next time I'm out and will take it for a test drive. Thanks for the help! :)
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smrobs 02-14-2011 12:16 AM

No problem. I am assuming, though, that your horse does neck rein. Am I correct?

If he/she doesn't neck rein, then, no, I wouldn't try to use this bit.

Soul 02-14-2011 08:00 AM

Yes. All of my horses have been trained to neck rein.

equiniphile 02-14-2011 05:54 PM

Wow, what a find! Obviously only use it as a curb bit, no direct reining and minimal contact. Try shining the silver up with toothpaste.

raywonk 02-14-2011 06:06 PM

You decide you dont want it I would defently ride my WP gelding in it. I would take it off your hands. For a profit to you.

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