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post #1 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help With Bits

A friend of mine asked me for some advice on bits. She is starting her Paint mare with a bit soon, and was wondering what kind. I told her just a simple snaffle (loose ring, egg butt, etc.). She will probably be doing mainly trail riding and a mix of English and Western riding. Does that kind of bit sound ok for her to use?
She was also wondering about what kind of bit to use for her other horse. He is a mainly Western/Trail riding horse. She has him in a low-port straight bit right now, but she would like to move onto something gentler for working with some reining type stuff. I'm not sure what kind of bit to suggest...any ideas??
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 04:09 PM
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I'd say put them both in loose ring smooth snaffles.
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 04:38 PM
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I start all my horses in a loose ring snaffle and after they have gotten enough handle on them, I put them in a loose shank curb bit. If she has got her trained horse in a curb right now, I think that would be okay for reining as long as the shanks are short. I like mine 6 inches or less. No matter the bit, soft hands = soft mouth.
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post #4 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 04:40 PM
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We use a snaffle. Looks like this except we usually use one with a copper mouthpiece.

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post #5 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 04:50 PM
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I have to agree with the above posts- a loosering snaffle is the perfect bit for gentle work, & just in general. I found, anyway.

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post #6 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 11:16 PM
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Is there a difference between a loosering snaffle and just plain snaffle? I have to say bits are definitely my weak point.
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 11:47 PM
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Tom Thumb for me. Nice and soft on the mouth, but good for steering if need be.
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 11:52 PM
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Is she mouthed already?? If not go with a full cheek or tomb thumb, until she understands how it works and then go onto a loose ring. I use a french link on all my horses because it is nice and soft without nutcracker action.
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-02-2008, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks oodles for all the input! I'll be passing all this info along to her in just a sec! =)
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-02-2008, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by JimmysSlave View Post
Tom Thumb for me. Nice and soft on the mouth, but good for steering if need be.
The tom thumb is actually not a good bit at all. I'm too lazy to explain, so here.
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