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    01-17-2013, 12:46 AM
I either use a side pull or d ring snaffle with copper rollers for every day riding. For gaming and cow work I use a sweet iron gag bit, for a little bit more turn.
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    01-17-2013, 12:59 AM
I ride my mare in a low port loose cheek bit because she has a pretty soft mouth and this bit is relatively mild in good hands..she responds great in it!
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    01-17-2013, 09:03 AM
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Hmm..I have two snaffles in which I use one or the other for any new horse I start riding (new/another lease). I have a single and double joint D-ring to choose from, first is the single, and if yhe horse doesnt like it, to the double it goes.

Now, currently, I own a short shank, single jointed jr cow, a 3-piece reiner with short shanks and a copper roller, and the two snaffles.
With ST, I won't use the single jointed snaffle anymore. She has issues with it, and Im assuming it's the joint hitting her palette. So, if we're having a day where we're riding in an enclosed, smaller place, she'll get the double jointed snaffle and we'll work on lightness. If we're out and about going along the fence and outer edge of the corn field (aka groundhog hole heaven), she gets either of the shank bits. While Im light with my hands, I won't risk having to do a one-rein stop or her run off where she can easily break her leg. She generally responds nicely with minimal effort with both my reiner and jr cow, so rarely do I ever give her much pressure with those.

If we're going for a road/trail ride, she gets the jr cow. She'll respond to relatively light pressure with this bit, but it takes her a little longer than if I were to be heavy handed. So, if I absolutely need something done (aka run off the side of the road because a school bus and truck are coming opposite ways and not slowing down at all), I can give one yank and have her 8 feet over in whatever direction. The jr cow is also the only bit I can get her collected in (cantering, she usually rushes). I concluded this on monday when we got 3 different instances of a nice, slow collected canter, at times of different energy levels. The first time I got her into a nice canter was with the jr cow. While I doubt it's actually the bit (because we canter on a loose rein until I pull her up), I'm going to keep the jr cow for any arena work and if it continues, then we'll see how the other bits are..It might just be how it sits in her mouth that she doesn't grab it and go. She chews on both snaffles and sucks the shanks on the reiner into her mouth if we aren't in a working trot or faster, but even while we're standing around, she just lets the jr cow sit there. I knew there was a reason I was searching for this bit for 4 years until I could find it in a local store lmao.
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    01-17-2013, 09:17 AM
I use a tom thumb in western. This is going to sound funky, but I use it for the precision. That and my boy likes it. I ride soft in the mouth.

In english I use a copper french link.
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    01-17-2013, 12:23 PM
I ride in this bit and love it!

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    01-18-2013, 08:27 PM
I have over thirty bits. All of them have a use in my barn. Some may sit for a couple years depending where I have horses in training but each one works at some time or another. As I am always starting young ones I never get rid of bits.

My absolute favorite is a dutton d ring french link snaffle. That has to be the one bit that I could not live without. I can put almost every horse on the place in that bit if I am having issues or doing some training that requires a snaffle.

I have some jr cowhorses for gymkhana and correction bits and three piece shank bits that I use on the broke/rope horses. What I use on them depends who is riding and what we are doing. I have different bits for trail riding then I do for working cattle. And if I have someone green I will throw something different in them as well mostly for the horses sake.
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    01-18-2013, 08:59 PM
For initial training, all of mine are started in a simple loose ring snaffle.

After that, once their training has progressed to the point that they are prepared for a curb bit, I generally use one of these types. I have quite a few that are similar but with just minor variations in diameter and port height/width.

    01-19-2013, 03:29 AM
Originally Posted by Barrelhorsetrainer    
Just wondering what types of bits you use for riding in on your horse and why?
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There's really only 2 bits I use... My o/ring myler comfort snaffle with a roller mouth piece or my little s hackamore.

Occasionally I will use a little short shanked bit with a broken mouth piece or a bit with a little gag such as an argentine snaffle or a jr cowhorse, or my myler Lynn mckenzie bit. Very occasionally I'll use my small twisted wire o/ring snaffle if a horse is pulling on my hands, but that's about it.
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    01-19-2013, 08:52 AM
I find I only need a full cheek snaffle, Monty Foreman leverage (modifed pellam), Pat Wyse hackamore (allows for lateral control), and occationally a springsteen (for the peanut rollers).

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