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post #31 of 38 Old 11-04-2008, 11:28 PM
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Ohhh I thought so!! How about french link? Do they have any rules on the amount of joints a bit can have?


French links are fine as long as the metal is consistant through the bit. French links are my preferred type of mouth on a bit, actually. I am unsure of any more joints than that. Are you thinking waterford type of thing?
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NOOOOO not at all! I've heard the waterfords aren't bad, but they can be harsh and I'd rather keep it simple, but the western curb I have has a dogbone and he seems to like this sort of joint and he goes well in it too! He'll go well in anything though, but the dogbone makes me feel better b/c of the whole nutcracker thing with a single joint. So I thought I'd stick with this sort of mouthpiece on my snaffle too.
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NOOOOO not at all! I've heard the waterfords aren't bad, but they can be harsh and I'd rather keep it simple, but the western curb I have has a dogbone and he seems to like this sort of joint and he goes well in it too! He'll go well in anything though, but the dogbone makes me feel better b/c of the whole nutcracker thing with a single joint. So I thought I'd stick with this sort of mouthpiece on my snaffle too.


Like I said, french links are fine, but I am unsure whether there is a "limit" to the amount of joints allowed in a bit for dressage or not.
I can definitely see a waterford being harsh - look at what's being used on the lips!
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Thanks for the advice I can't wait to go shopping :) I'm actually taking my first english lesson next tuesday (not my first ever but my first in about 9 years). I'm trying to train for dressage so I can start going to clinics next spring and then maybe a couple small shows!
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Thanks for the advice I can't wait to go shopping :) I'm actually taking my first english lesson next tuesday (not my first ever but my first in about 9 years). I'm trying to train for dressage so I can start going to clinics next spring and then maybe a couple small shows!



Best of luck!! If you look at loose rings, I recommend getting bit guards as well so that you eliminate any possibility of pinching along the sides of the mouth. Either that or go for a D-ring (which you may get laughed at in the dressage ring) or an eggbutt.
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How bout a full cheek? I don't like loose rings, d rings are ok I guess but I like full cheeks. The o ring I had slid through his mouth so I'm not gonna get another one.
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How bout a full cheek? I don't like loose rings, d rings are ok I guess but I like full cheeks. The o ring I had slid through his mouth so I'm not gonna get another one.


As far as I know full cheeks are fine. Check with your show steward before you go in the class though - I am unsure of the exact bits that are illegal or legal in competition. I do like using a full cheek for schooling though - it has a lot of the same action as a D-ring (side pressure on the opposite cheek) and you can add leverage of sorts by using bit loops - that will make the bit act on the poll a little as well.
In summary, I like full cheeks, have nothing against them :)
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We use either full check snaffles with copper bars, for side leverage when needed. Or we ride in just halters. We have the Clinton Anderson halters that have knots on the nose, and they work very well, in place of a hackamore (if the horse is familiar with how to respond to the pressure).

For show, if I feel I need a shank bit, I have a short shanked dog bone that works very well for refinement and subtle movements.

There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something...even when you aint a thing - Will Rogers
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