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What type of bits do you use?

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    01-25-2013, 02:55 PM
I used to use a full cheek snaffle. Then I switched to a bitless bridle. I was surprised to learn that my horse is much more responsive in the bitless - we both like ti better.

There is only one exception - speed competitions. We do mounted shooting and my horse needs something in his mouth for that. For that I use something that looks exactly like the second picture in smrobs post above.

It is tricky since my horse is very sensitive to what is in his mouth. The bitless bridle can make you get sloppy hands. When we use the bit, I have to concentrate on VERY subtle hand movements. Too much hand or a tight rein and my horse will react poorly. Tough to do when racing through a course.

We definitely practice with different bits.
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    01-25-2013, 03:06 PM
Just simple folks here. We use eggbutt snaffles on everyone from the greenies to our seasoned penner.
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    01-25-2013, 11:23 PM
1. I would NEVER put a Tom Thumb in a horse's mouth. But that's a whole different discussion that has been talked about many times on this forum...how bad they are.

2. I ride in ported bits with a swivel shank...like correction bits, grazers, spoon mouth, even a lifter bit here and there. I own one snaffle bit and I use it when I want to do some schooling that requires more contact. I have WP horses so it's usually a ported bit.

3. Then there are times when I just drop the bridle entirely and school with nothing whatsoever on the my horse's head.

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