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post #21 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 06:34 PM
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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..
True, and that is what I said; but we are hearing from posters that have 15 h horses and ponies - not draft horses, and they are using 6" mouths??. I stand by my original statement "the average size" horse is 5".

(One of the 87 was a TWH named Winston's Dazzler who had a 5" mouth. I used the same bit he had as a show horse)

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post #22 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 07:23 PM
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Actually, I came back on here to edit what I had just posted... while I was in the barn I was thinking about it... Yes, average is 5". I also wanted to say that I know nothing about Hanoverians.

Also, the height and weight of a horse do not give any guidance to the size of a bit. All the people that posted about measuring are quite right.

Edited to add: why are you going through so many laptops, Iride? You do know that you're not supposed to let the horses play with them, right?
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post #23 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 08:12 PM
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On the salesman's recommendation, I bought an Acer and in one week's time, all three had a problem that their Geek Squad couldn't figure out. I then bought an HP and that ran into a hardware problem; so HP support gave me the choice of them picking it up and fixing (down time of ~2 weeks) or return it - which I did. I have another HP now, 17" screen and loads of goodies. 24 hours and still working!! (btw, my Dell is still humming along after several trips to Europe and running nearly 24/7 for 4 years)

I run my business on a computer and I can't begin to tell you how much time I have invested in setting up each one.

Anyway, sorry for the rant ... now back to the thread!

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post #24 of 27 Old 01-23-2009, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone!!! you are all so helpful . It looks like I may have to be ordering a bit online, wich makes knowing the right size even more important. I went to the local tack shop yesterday and they only had like 4 to choose from and one of those looked really really harsh! I did manage to come out of there with a really pretty halter, matching lead rope, and 4 safe-guard wormers (1 for Major and 1 for each of his pasture mates). Dumas...thanks for your really helpful tips on buying tack. I have never thought of using cotton reins. do they look good? I cant really use the split-reins yet...I feel like I dont hold them right and am always afraid of dropping 1. No...I dont show, but now that I finally got the money to buy all new tack...im gonna try to get him tack that really looks good on him...he's to pretty to be going around in old worn out tack that doesnt fit him properly. Of course, my first priority is his comfort! Iride....87 horses!!!!!!!!!!!!! No wonder you give such great training advice...I bet youve seen a little bit of everything .
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I'm around ALL western horses ALL the time. I haven't seen anything other for nearly 15 yrs or more. Sooooo... My judgement on how they look may be a bit skewed.

I think they look fine. If they're clean and in good condition, I don't have an issue with the look of most reins. I'm more picky about headstalls and saddles.

Your comfort is more important IMO. How do they feel in your hands? are they easy to work with? is the diameter too large or small? Do they make a tangley mess when you try to put the headstall on?? Are they long enough? Too short?
Those are the things I think about.

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post #26 of 27 Old 01-26-2009, 12:36 PM
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I'm very picky about reins. Back when I used to buy them because they were pretty I managed to accumulate more than 2
Take any possible buys and run it along the outside edge of your little and ring fingers. If its irritating after just a few rubs imagine what its going to be like after a few hours in your hand. I know that has nothing to do with bits but figured I'd throw in my 2


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post #27 of 27 Old 01-26-2009, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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thanks dumas and vida. I never considered my own comfort as far as reins go....I really havent rode Major enough for that to be an issue. Wich right now I cant....but my goal is to take him on some of those long trail rides, so I will keep your tips in mind. Id hate to get out riding on a long trail and wind up with sore hands about halfway lol. Vida all tack tips are welcome on this thread, since im getting Major all new tack.
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