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post #1 of 6 Old 10-22-2009, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Bits & Bridles-english/western

I was just wondering, for no particular reason really, if an english style bit can be put onto a western style bridle and if a western style bit can be put onto an english style bridle.

I've been thinking about this question for a long time and have been curious to know the answer.


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post #2 of 6 Old 10-23-2009, 01:06 AM
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I don't think the bit or bridle care what the other is, lol. They're just metal and leather . The horse is doubtfully going to notice either.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-23-2009, 10:58 AM
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^^ That's kinda how I see it too. Unless you are showing and have to have a particular type of tack, then I think whatever works is what you should use.

I think it looks kinda funny to have a full cheek snaffle on my western browband headstall but that's it, it just looks funny. It is still what I have to use. I couldn't find a loose ring in bigger than 5" at my tack store and needed a 6".
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-23-2009, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Yea, I always wondered if the bridles for western/english were made in such a way that the bit worked with the bridle to maximize the potential of the bit/bridle combo to work.


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post #5 of 6 Old 10-23-2009, 11:47 PM
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The only difference I have noticed is some english style bits, kimberwicks for instance, have small rings that attach to the headstall. Some Western headstalls have a flare on the part that goes thru the ring. I have a few English headstalls among an assortment of western ones. I just put the bit that I think looks best or works best with that headstall. One ear headstalls really don't work as well with loose ring snaffles as a Browband headstall does.

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-24-2009, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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that would makes sense :)


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