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post #1 of 3 Old 05-13-2010, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Bit Accessories...been bugging me for a while so had to ask

Ok, this may have been asked but I can't find it and it's a question I have ALWAYS wanted to ask but was afraid I would look like a COMPLETE IDIOT for asking so I have never asked anyone. So at risk of looking like a moron, here is my question.

What are all the different bit accessories for? I know that bit keepers are used with full cheek snaffles to keep the bit in correct position and bit guards keep he bit from pinching but what about:

a) rein stops
b) rubber bit port
c) dee ring savers

if there are more, please let me know. I am looking at the "State Line" catalog and it just sort of hit me that I have no clue what those things are for...or why they have SealTex Latex Bandage in the Bit accessories....I imagine it's to wrap the bit, but why would you wrap your bit?
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I'll try to tackle this one, but I know there are many more knowledgeable people that me on here. :)
1. Rein stops are for use with a martingale, so the rings don't slide too far.
2. Rubber bit ports ??? It looks like it's supposed to keep a horse's tongue from coming up over the bit.
3. Dee ring savers attach to the dee rings on your English saddle, and you attach your breast plate to them, instead of directly to the saddle.

There are generally two reasons that I wrap a bit with latex bandage. I show appaloosas, and at shows, twisted wire bits are illegal. So if you have a twisted wire bit, you can wrap it and it becomes legal. You can also wrap a curb chain if you need to. The other reason I wrap bits is to make a bit softer. When I am lightening a horse's mouth, it can be helpful to wrap a bit (especially the twisted wire ones) because the mechanics stay the same, but there is less bite.

I don't know if I made any sense or not, LOL. It's late, and I'm tired. I'll check in the morning.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-13-2010, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Oh yes it did. I've been wondering about those things for um...well lets say over 10 years and keep it at that lol. I am finding that like my horse, MY training has some "holes" in it too!
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