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    10-07-2009, 07:47 PM
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    10-07-2009, 08:51 PM
Personally I don't like Argentines...my friend uses one on her horse and he fights it so much..(I've ridden him in it).
    10-08-2009, 12:50 AM
Hi All,

This thread is about dead but I haven't been on the forum for several days- been busy lately. I guess I have too many horses to ride. How can some of you have thousands of posts and still get your horses rode?

I took a bit and spur making workshop in 1991 at the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Have made about 250 bits and spurs since then. I think there are some inaccuracies about this bit that I'd like to try and clear up.

You can set this bit up anyway you would like and I won't tell you it is wrong but the bit was designed to be used a certain way. There has been some discussion about the middle ring. The middle ring is to prevent the mouthpiece from sliding up and down the shank. It is an easy, simple way to stabilize the mouthpiece that looks good if done right. It was not designed for a set of reins or to attach a curb strap to. In fact if you put the curb strap on the middle ring you would loose the mechanical advantage or leverage this bit was designed to give. If you put the reins on it, it would work like a d-ring snaffle and again would loose leverage. If you put a set of reins on the rein loop and a set on the middle ring I think I would need three hands to make it work properly- one hand for each direct rein and another hand for the indirect reins.

BTW- here in the Great Basin Buckaroo Culture if we use two sets of reins such as with a thin bosal under a bridle bit, we call that a two-rein set up or outfit (or simply a two-rein) not a 4 rein.

This bit is relatively severe because of the ratio between the upper and lower parts of the shank. It would work exceptionally well for someone with good hands.

    10-08-2009, 11:01 AM
Originally Posted by Lenuccia    
Well guys, I think I got the information I needed. The Argentinian bit on the photo is not Argentinian, you can neck rein with a snaffle and it's a good idea to put on a curb strap/chin strap or whatever we'll decide to call them

What a nice comunity full of helpful people!

Thanks again all!
I think the OP got the answer. If they ever come back to this site I would like to recommend the Myler Comfort snaffle
I've never ordered from that site but that is a darn good price.

I would like to apologize to you Lenuccia, a fairly new member, for all the snipping. We are usually more friendly
    10-08-2009, 04:51 PM
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Hey Vidaloco,

Don't worry, I know that there are as many opinions as there are persons. I am also a registered user on a Danish horse forum (I'm originally from Denmark, Scandinavia ) and I can tell you that the discussions there are very similar , people don't always agree and they don't hesitate to tell the others. There are not so many western riders in Scandinavia though, and the Italian forums are kind of... not so serious... so that's why I found this forum.

So far it's been very helpful.


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