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post #11 of 14 Old 04-15-2009, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck View Post
I go barely a wrinkle My horse has a very soft mouth. I figure if you start with the bit in there too tight to begin with, he doesn't have a chance to respond to a lighter aid. Doesn't seem fair to the horse.
A light mouth refers to the bars of your horse's mouth, not his lips. The whole idea of wrinkles is to place the bit in the right place on his bars and, as I and others have mentioned, it really has more to do with placement in his mouth rather then the wrinkles on his lips.

The reason that a snaffle is typically placed further back in a horse's mouth is due to the action of the bit's mouth piece. A snaffle collapses and could bang his teeth while a leverage bit has a different action even if it is a joined mouth piece and is placed differently.

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post #12 of 14 Old 04-15-2009, 05:06 PM
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I don't go by wrinkles. I just go by what looks right and what my horses are comfortable with. Just so it's not too tight and the bit lies between the space and doesn't hit their teeth.

I like to have it a little looser with harsher bits, though, so it releases better.

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post #13 of 14 Old 04-15-2009, 05:17 PM
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With ANY bit I like to have two good wrinkles else I don't feel comfy.

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post #14 of 14 Old 04-15-2009, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by appy rider 4 life View Post
okay getting switched from western to english is hard. but i will keep this in mind.
Both western and english bits should sit in the SAME place inside the horse's mouth. They both should be right in the middle of the toothless space in their jaw.
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