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post #11 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 02:24 AM
 
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My 15hh gelding has a 6" bit and its a little bit on the small side.
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post #12 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 09:02 AM
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I just bought a 5.25 for my quarter pony hoping it would fit and it was so small the rings were pinching in the sides of his mouth.
How are you measuring? A bit is measured on the inside not the outside. the measurement is only the part that goes in his mouth. Is that what you are measuring?

In ~30 years of horse ownership I've only had 2 or 3 horses that needed a larger bit then 5"s - Up to this date, I've owned 87 horses (including ponies) - and "yes" I've kept a log on each one.

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post #13 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 01:48 PM
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In ~30 years of horse ownership I've only had 2 or 3 horses that needed a larger bit then 5"s - Up to this date, I've owned 87 horses (including ponies) - and "yes" I've kept a log on each one.
Yes, but if they have all been basically the same breed or derivative, you wouldn't be seeing a cross section. What kind of variety have you had?
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post #14 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 01:58 PM
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In the mix, I've had everything from a 16.2 TB, one Hanovarian, through several Arabs, and many QH.

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post #15 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 04:01 PM
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87 horses!!! Will you adopt me??

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #16 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 04:07 PM
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^^^That was a little OT so back to the topic at hand..

OK... back to the subject at hand. Since you are new to horses and are buying your first tack, I suggest you buy quality. It will cost more up front but with care it can last a lifetime. I would recommend you taking the tack that you have with you while shopping. It will make sizing a WHOLE lot easier and give you a solid reference for things that you like and don't like about the tack you have and the tack you want.

I'll add some pictures of what I would buy and why... Hope it helps.


Headstall ~ I like browbands. And I like ties on my headstalls instead of chicago screws. ( I check the ties but not the screws...Don't know why I'm like that but I realize that that, is just me. )
http://horsesaddleshop.amazonwebstor...source=froogle


Reins ~ I like looped reins. I fiddle around and end up dropping split reins. I don't show, and I mainly trail ride, also my horses are well schooled in neck reining. These factors along with the possibility of me having a soda, other canned beverage or cigarette in my free hand also influence my decision on looped reins.

Some of the reins I like.

http://www.thetackstop.com/cottonropingreins.htm <-- Flat cotton roping reins. I love the feel of these. The more you use them the softer they get. I also like reins with snaps at the end. Downsides of these are that they get dirty fast. ( I buy black for good reins/ white for night time things)

http://www.enasco.com/product/C27587N <-- These too are cotton reins, they are split. ( I tie them if need be) Sometimes the popper on the end is handy for a less than willing horse.

I have also used barrel reins (they're a tad shorter) but I like them, I have also used nylon looped reins and not had problems either. I just prefer the feel of cotton.

Hope I helped. These are just what I'd look for. Happy Shopping!!! Have fun and remember if you're not showing, you can buy whatever your heart desires and whatever you like!!! No rules for us happy hackers!!!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #17 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 04:08 PM
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87 - but that includes several ponies and a few gaited horses.

OF COURSE I'll adopt you! How well do you clean stalls and pitch hay?

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #18 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 04:40 PM
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I'm meticulous!!! I even come pre-equipped with callouses on my hands and a set of pink chore gloves for that overtime work!!! *notice* I can't drive a tractor with a darn!!!! But I can back a trailer!!!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #19 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 04:41 PM
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I have had mostly QH and similar sized horses although my bay mustang has a very large head and requires a 5 1/2 inch bit. Most of the others used a 5" comfortably. I have a Percheron that I will have to get a much bigger bit for though. You can use a string or a straw, or even a stick and mark each side of their mouth then add 1/2 inch. That is the bit size that you need.
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post #20 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 06:46 PM
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In the mix, I've had everything from a 16.2 TB, one Hanovarian, through several Arabs, and many QH.
Yup, all typically small to average mouths... What about Stdbds, drafts, Haflingers, blah blah blah...

Would be interesting to hear from another TWH owner -- what size their bit is..
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