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    02-22-2012, 01:27 PM
  #1
Foal
Which bit to use?

Hey guys,

I'm about to move my mare up to a curb - just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a nice transition bit? She's a very soft horse, doesn't need much, but it's definitely time for a new bit. She's in a loose ring snaffle right now.

Thanks!
     
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    02-22-2012, 01:32 PM
  #2
Trained
Billy Allen Bits

Replied with my reasoning on your other thread.
     
    02-22-2012, 01:40 PM
  #3
Foal
I do like the Billy Allens! Any suggestions on length of shank?
     
    02-22-2012, 01:43 PM
  #4
Trained
Well I would either get the 8'' with the D ring part (Because it would be SOOO handy to go back to snaffle if you need to without switching bridles), or the shorter shank one that will probably be easy for them to adjust to. I wouldn't normally put a green in the bridle horse in a long shank so fast, but some of them do well in it.
     
    02-22-2012, 02:51 PM
  #5
Started
Jr. Cowhorse bits are nice transition bits, I hear, but if your horse won't like the little bit of gag action there, I've found that these bits work good:



^ The curve in the shanks gives your horse a fair warning before the actual cue sets in.

     
    03-20-2012, 05:36 PM
  #6
Foal
Start transitioning her with a bit a little like this:
This is a very soft bit that isn't hard on the mouth at all. If this bit works forever, great! It is easy on the mouth. If she is not as responsive in this bit, you can try a little harder bit, such as this:

If she isn't responsive in that one, (but she should be unless she was trained in something really big and allows absolutly no room for mistakes) then this bit would work also:

There are bigger bits out there, I know because the person who trained my horse trained her in one so I have to use one, but most horses don't. There are also shanked snaffles, but if you are going to compete, you shouldn't use one.
     
    03-28-2012, 08:24 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
I ride my mare in this bit and she loves it!! The only difference is mine has the dog bone in the middle to reduce the pressure on the bars. It is made from sweet iron and the horses love it BUT it does rust in 4-8 months and you will need a new one.
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    04-04-2012, 05:43 PM
  #8
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1997magic    
Start transitioning her with a bit a little like this:
This is a very soft bit that isn't hard on the mouth at all. If this bit works forever, great! It is easy on the mouth. If she is not as responsive in this bit, you can try a little harder bit, such as this:

If she isn't responsive in that one, (but she should be unless she was trained in something really big and allows absolutly no room for mistakes) then this bit would work also:

There are bigger bits out there, I know because the person who trained my horse trained her in one so I have to use one, but most horses don't. There are also shanked snaffles, but if you are going to compete, you shouldn't use one.
OUCH! Those are NOT "transition" bits, those are for finished bridle horses.

OP, go with one of the billy allen's, you just can't beat them.
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    04-04-2012, 05:59 PM
  #9
Started
I don't really believe in "transition" bits, simply because broken curbs put on 2x as much pressure and can cause more harm than good. Now I DO NOT agree with this guy on riding horses in halters, BUT, listen to what he says about the pressure of the bit. I take my 6-year olds and put them straight into a low-port Cavalry style curb bit. If your horse is nice and responsive and soft to the snaffle, he should have no problem going into it.

     
    04-04-2012, 06:21 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Not much on the "snaffle" style mouth piece on a shanked bit. But I did have a cute little bit made by Keith Welling with a dog bone in the middle and short 5" swept back shanks. Most horses I put it on liked it. If you want to go with that style of mouth piece that might good to try.

Right now I have a Cactus bit with short 5" shanks with that square swivel port pictured above. My husband and I fight over that bit...lol...it works nice.
     

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