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post #1 of 4 Old 05-10-2009, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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What do you think of these bits?

Was randomly looking through this online horse store and saw this bit.
What do you guys think of it? I like the fact that is gives some, if not much, tongue relief, but the centre-piece is quite long, so would it be harsher than a normal french-link, like a Dr. Bristol?
Loose Ring Snaffle Ported Mouth - Valley Country

And what do you think of this? Cheap Myler imitation? Or same idea, different mechanics?
KY Rotary Bit Double Jointed Loose Ring Snaffle - Valley Country
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-10-2009, 07:54 AM
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The difference between a Dr Bristol and a French Link is the angle of the center piece. A French Link is made to lie on the horse's tongue while the Bristol is made to engage it on an angle.

I don't think the first bit you show gives much tongue relief but is an interesting mouth piece. The second one looks like it has more surface area to lay on a horse's tongue. I rather like that one.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-10-2009, 06:23 PM
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I would prefer the second, too. It seems that it would be very similar effect to a regular french link, but with the fancy joints. I am not sure if it would really change the effect much at all, just cost more.
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I really don't like the KY rotary bits. The "rotation" joints can get stuck so they won't bend, and it takes you rotating it with your hands to re-hinge it. I also find the joints protrude a lot, and look like they could pinch really badly.

Regarding the first bit, it looks a little longer, but that just changes the breakover angle - some horses prefer a greater distance like that one, and some horses prefer a shorter distance, like a berry link.
Iride is correct about the difference between a french link and Dr Bristol though, the major difference is in the angle of the link.
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