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post #1 of 10 Old 03-21-2020, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Your Go-To Bits? (Quarantine Questions Ep.2)

Hey there! As y'all probably know, their is a worldwide epidemic thats cancelling shows, rodeos, etc. So for boredom (and possible entertainment) I present to you: Quarentine Questions! (Yes, I know not all of us are on quarentine). Where I will probably ask questions similar to these and possible tack reviews. *I am in NO WAY using these questions to find something for my horse or to ask a question that relates to me* These questions are open to riders of all disiplines!
Here is my answer (I ride western, barrel racing):
O-ring snaffle: I think we all have one of these laying around, but I don't use it since neither of my horses are a fond of it.
D-ring snaffle: I use a smooth snaffle version of these made by Turn Two. I use it all the time on my barrel horses, but use it mainly on my older gelding Don Julio.
Eggbutt snaffle (with french link): I used to use this on Tequila for about the first year I had her. I really loved this bit but changed to a shanked bit after she needed a bit more 'woah'.
Delight bit (chain snaffle): This is Tequila's competition bit for barrel racing. Its has about less than an inch of gag and is a light mouthed bit.
Junior Cowhorse (three peice with roller): This is Don Julios competition bit. I really like the mouthpeice and the way it is built. I originally got it for Tequila, but she didn't like. It was recommended by people on this forum and I will definitely recommend it to others!
Anyways, hope everyone is doing well and remember to stay safe!
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-21-2020, 07:53 PM
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I'm a pretty simple girl when it comes to bits.

I start everything in a full cheek French link without keepers. The side pieces help them figure out rein aids and the French link helps keep them from keeping hard mouthed to one side.

For my hunters they go in D's once they've graduated from the full cheek (usually 18 months etc). It gives a similar effect to what they're trained in, and are the look right now. Usually I gear towards three pieces for the nature that not one side is harder than the other, and the dreaded 'nutcracker'. My current guy has a copper piece to help him chew.

Jumpers all typically end up in a three ring elevator with a rein on the snaffle and on the bottom ring. I love the control it gives me for whoa, the ability to ride softer and use the curb action only when I really need it, and honestly it's just my absolute favorite bit.
The jumpers flat in some sort of snaffle, usually a French link loose ring.

My Eventer went all three phases in a loose ring French link.

I use the occasional ported kimberwick or Pelham, but if I need whoa I got with the three ring. I don't ride in gags often, but would go to a three ring before going to them, but I'm also strong and tall and can ride like a big German guy if I need to, which is a lot of what I see gags doing for other riders.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-21-2020, 07:54 PM
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My top 3 bits are French Link Loose Ring, French Link Fulmer, and French Link Baucher. I really only use the first one these days, but when I had a string of horses I used a lot of different bits. I currently use the Loose Ring for in-hand work and ridden work, while the Fulmer is used for long-lining. I prefer to have the extra lateral support for long-lining. I also like to start babies in the Fulmer if they like it, then move to the Loose Ring. I like the Baucher for any horses who don't like the mobility of the Loose Rings or if a horse needs something with a different feel in the mouth to help with schooling an issue.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-21-2020, 07:57 PM
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My top 3 bits are French Link Loose Ring, French Link Fulmer, and French Link Baucher. I really only use the first one these days, but when I had a string of horses I used a lot of different bits. I currently use the Loose Ring for in-hand work and ridden work, while the Fulmer is used for long-lining. I prefer to have the extra lateral support for long-lining. I also like to start babies in the Fulmer if they like it, then move to the Loose Ring. I like the Baucher for any horses who don't like the mobility of the Loose Rings or if a horse needs something with a different feel in the mouth to help with schooling an issue.
I've seen bauchers do wonders for horses! Great bit for the dressage-minded for sure. Will have to use a fulmer when I break my next one with the long lines, I haven't long lined since my mentor taught me years ago and haven't broken one since then, but the full cheek is my favorite baby bit, so now I'm super excited!
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-21-2020, 08:03 PM
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Single joint O-ring and a Billy Allen curb. Dr Cook's for bitless. I've got 30+ bits but those see 99% of daily use.

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post #6 of 10 Old 03-21-2020, 08:25 PM
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Seems like I got along with a D-ring french link, a medium port curb, and a medium port Pelham forever halfway to forever.

But then I bought my current horse.

Thick, thick tongue. Low palate. Has been ridden in a crazy variety of bits.

Finally figured out that an egg butt snaffle with a losenge for simple hacking and legging up. And an odd (to me) curb with a flat piece in the middle. So some sort of double joined curb that lays in his mouth nicely.

Still, if I'm going somewhere to work and have no idea what horse I'll be riding, I have my Pelham with me.
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Wow! Seems that a lot of people so far like french links and d-rings.
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-21-2020, 09:17 PM
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My go-to is a old, as in production old time heavy eggbutt snaffle.
It is a single joint.
So old the metal will not shine, think it is German silver compound.
I have never met a horse who not love this bit...it works on everyone.
From strong to soft and yielding, the tiger to rate and communicate with to the lamb of complacency...they all love it.
English or western, all my horses have ridden in this bit and rode beautifully.
I always look at any horsey yard sale for another like this but those who have them know what they have and are not letting it go...

I prefer eggbutt, d-ring and even full-cheek bits over O-rings any-day just because of the look they present.
I don't like the appearance of O-ring bits, period...
I've used them and they are just a bit, nothing special to me..
...

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post #9 of 10 Old 03-22-2020, 01:35 AM
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These are my favorite bits. Keep in mind I just trail ride broke horses. I am not great at training and I haven't had good luck with snaffles. But my trail horses have generally done great bits like these:



Before I got into gaited horses, I generally rode in something like this:



That was my favorite bit for many, many years. But the gaited horses I've ridden seem to do better in a more solid mouthpiece.

I've tried, tried, tried to like Billy Allens. But I just bought another to try with my current horse, and I still don't like it as much as a regular curb bit. It's like the shanks swivel too freely and it just doesn't give me a solid feel of the horse's mouth, especially as she tries to drift towards home. I dunno. The above bits are about the best I've had good luck with. Oh, and I've had a few horses that rode well in a Sliester hackamore:


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post #10 of 10 Old 03-22-2020, 02:13 AM
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My top five bits are a three piece D ring (similar to a French link but it's a western bit so they have some other name for it that I can't remember at the moment), curved single jointed D ring, curved eggbutt with a lozenge (this one is a relatively new find), a short shanked copper roller dog bone, and a short swivel shanked low port curb. For bitless, I'm a big fan of bosals. I've also got a flat sidepull that I use quite frequently.

I like Billy Allen mouthpieces but Dreams doesn't, so the one I have isn't currently getting much use. He really likes a spade so we ride in that quite often at the moment. I've also had a lot of success in the past with a teardrop shank low port correction. In Nevada that was my go-to shanked bit.

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