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post #21 of 23 Old 07-10-2010, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by iridehorses View Post
Anyone who as asked that question before will remember that the bit I always use and advocate is one with a Billy Allen mouth piece. It allows one shank to swivel without effecting the other shank. In turn, each shank can swivel outward. The barrel in the center only allows a small amount of movement (the misnomer of a nutcracker). The bit I use has calvary style shanks that sweep back minimizing the length.

Personally, I only use two bits, either a single joined snaffle or this bit:

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and what is this bit called? i'd love to know.
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post #22 of 23 Old 07-11-2010, 07:54 PM
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^^ That is a cavalry shank bit with either a Billy Allen or Myler mouth.
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post #23 of 23 Old 07-11-2010, 09:31 PM
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This seems to be a pretty common problem, as I am going through this as well.
My daughter(almost 11) wanted to do western in 4H but couldnt show in a snaffle, her horse neck reins at the walk but loses it at the trot. She decided to do english this year and we are still working on the neck reining as she still wants to do western. We havent changed his bit yet, I do like the billy allen bits but they are hard to find. I am not looking in the right place perhaps? Also looking for a full cheek with a copper roller. I know these bits are out there somewhere...just not in my towns tack store...

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