What bits do you use?
What bit(s) do you use on your horse?
Explain what you like/don't like about the bit.
What bits have you used?
On my show horse currently, I use a smooth snaffle at home, a square snaffle for pleasure, and a Pelham snaffle for equitation.
I have used a slow twist, eggbutt snaffle, twisted wire, kimberwicke, and a Myler.
The eggbutt made him loose hair and some skin. >.<
He HATED the slow twist and twisted wire.
The kimberwicke was too much and at the time my hands weren't steady enough.
And the Myler was good, but he likes the square snaffle better.
He is extremely soft mouthed and I have to be so light with him.
I used to have a loose ring single jointed snaffle, but it pinched my mare's cheeks and she hated it. Now I use a D-ring double jointed snaffle with a copper roller that she loves. Whenever she's angry at me for making her work I can hear the roller whizzing around inside her mouth!
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Generally just a loose-ring french link snaffle. Depends on the horse. On some I ride in a loose ring nathe, there's one or two that use a level 1 loose ring myler for jumping, one goes in a hackamore and is slowly being transitioned to a gag for jumping.
When I first got Cin I had to start all over from scratch with him so for the first month we did ground work only. At that point I used my very old and trusty loose ring sweet iron on him because he was mainly just carrying it around getting used to something in his mouth. Then I switched to the same Fulmer I have always used on horses most of my life. When we started working with a Dressage trainer she talked me into buying one of those very expensive Sprengers and because we were still trying to get him to accept the bit I opted for the WH though it wasn't show legal. He did okaaaaay in it. For our first show I had to get something "legal" and didn't want to spring for another Sprenger so I bought a Korsteel Oval mouth copper loose ring snaffle because it was cheaper than the Sprenger RS my trainer wanted me to get but very similar. Well, that bit is MAGIC, he loves it!!! I sold the Sprenger wh on Ebay and got Cinny some boots with the money I got for it :) We use this bit for EVERYTHING and I'm opting to buy a second one just so I don't mess up my bridles by taking it on and off to go with whichever bridle I use (we use it for WP, Dressage, trail, everything).
Cinnys, I tried that same Korsteel bit this week and my horse hates it. Need a 5 1/2" bit? Not sure if I can return it yet.
What is "oval mouth"? is this a single jointed bit? Have a picture?
I use my KK ultra loose ring(like a french link with a kind of bead in the middle rather than a lozenge), and an eggbutt, copper mouthed single jointed snaffle.
Tiny, is that bead smaller than the lozenge?
JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Copper Loose Ring Snaffle Bit < Loose Ring Snaffle Bits|Dover Saddlery .
It seems to me it is more a lozenge. I think Cinny prefers copper flavor to Aurigan. I guess he isn't your hoity toity sort of horse with expensive taste ha ha ha.
that is almost exactly the same bit as the KK Ultra. The ultra has a smaller losenge and it's rotated at about a 30 degree angle. Both are good bits overall.
This one is equally round not slightly flat... that and that it's not Aurigan were the only differences I find in it. Well, that and Cin likes this one better ha ha. He actually grabs for it when I try to bridle him where he would clamp shut when I had the Aurigan.
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