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post #1 of 6 Old 09-10-2009, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Need help selecting a bit

Hello! I'm Breanna, I'm new, and I need help selecting a bit for my QH mare.

A little background info: About five years ago, my ex-instructor told me my horse should be ridden with a Tom Thumb because it was "very soft and gentle." I was 8 and my parents weren't (and still aren't) exactly "horse smart" so my mare has been ridden in it for all this time.

I have never thought of the structure of the TT, the confusion it feeds the horse, and how severe it is in the wrong hands until I read some of the threads on this forum. I feel so sick and guilty because I, thinking it was a gentle bit, have not had the softest hands over the years.

Therefor, I need help choosing the right bit. After doing some research, I am thinking of trying out a double-jointed snaffle and would like some feedback.

Thanks, Bree. =)
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-10-2009, 11:56 PM
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Need a little bit more info.. Do you show? If so what are the rules on bits? Are you talking about a true snaffle or a shanked bit? How do you ride and where? Is your horse responsive? Does he neck rein, direct rein, or both? Do you have a pic of the type bit you are thinking of?

Bet you didn't think you'd get 20 questions did ya?? lol

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-11-2009, 12:17 AM
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I'm going to assume you ride Western?
PS if I did my calculations right, you'd be about 13-14 now. I'd just like to say you have impeccable grammar for your age. Good job. :)
Also, good job on realizing the true workings of a Tom Thumb. I wasn't that .. observant? .. at your age about those things.

Double-jointed snaffles, IMO, are great bits to start with, regardless of whether you ride Western or English. I ride my horse (English) in a JP Korsteel french link loose ring, and let me tell you, I love that bit. It seems to be very gentle, and it contours nicely to his mouth. He hates single jointed snaffles, probably because they jab him in the palate, so I'd advise against those.
Be careful about selecting bits; even double-jointed ones can be uncomfortable. I have about 4 different bits hanging on my wall as I speak; one is a french-link, but the links are all pretty darn straight, and he really disliked it.
I am a huge advocate of the contoured bits.

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-11-2009, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I ride Western; sorry for not specifing. =)
I don't show so I don't have to worry about any rules.
In the past I have been direct reining her, but this week I've been working with her; using only a halter and makeshift reins (lead rope), riding bareback, neck reining & using my legs, and she responded well.

I was actually thinking about this bit:]
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-11-2009, 01:29 AM
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^ Curb bits are not made for direct reining, so no wonder she was uncomfortable in the TT! I would definately get her in a snaffle. I commend you for thinking about your horse in this situation, and wanting to make things better for her!

The bit you posted is nearly exactly what I use on my boy. The copper is pretty tasty, the loose rings allow for some play, it is contoured to fit the mouth, and the link in the middle negates the nutcracker effect. Overall a good, all-purpose bit, and as long as your horse approves, should do you fine.

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-11-2009, 09:05 AM
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I have no advice on bit selection, however bravo on being so caring!
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