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post #1 of 3 Old 08-21-2013, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Mouth Types by Breed?

I wasn't sure where to put this. I am very familiar with different horses having different mouth types, and thus needing different bits. I have heard of some types of horses having specific mouth types, and I was wondering if anyone else had any other observations to add.
For example, many warm bloods can take a full double bridle, which most horses don't have room in their mouths for. Many thoroughbreds seem very comfortable with a single jointed snaffle, But I've had three mares that were paints that had shallow pallets, and DETESTED a single jointed bit(poked them in the roof of their mouth) but got along fine in a French link.
My current arab has a thicker tongue, and she HATES a French link, but goes great in a plain old single jointed full cheek.

so do certain breeds generally have differently shaped mouths, or is it simply on a case by case basis?
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-21-2013, 06:06 PM
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Personally I think it's a case by case thing, not breed by breed.

I have two thoroughbreds currently, but in the past I've had others.
My first thoroughbred HATED a normal snaffle, but went fine in either a mullenmouth or a hackamore.
Mitch, well he head tosses enough to knock somebody out in a normal snaffle, so he is in a fixed ring french link.
DJ, she does just fine in a plain old loose ring snaffle. No problems at all.

Conversely, a friend of mine with a HUGE dutch warmblood, has to use at least a double jointed bit, if she uses a single jointed bit, he rears.. And at 17.2hh with a head the size of my torso, rearing is not fun. But put him in a double jointed bit, or a waterford etc, and he goes just fine.

Also, a lot of show horses in NZ are thoroughbreds, it's the easiest breed to come by, most of them show in double bridles with no issue at all, even the teeny little petite ones. Also, a lot of the welsh ponies and arabs show in double bridles with no problems.

So personally I think it depends on the horse, not the breed

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-21-2013, 07:14 PM
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I agree that it is a horse-by-horse scenario. My NSH wears a bit and bradoon nicely, as well as a pelham that also fits my much smaller Arab, for example. I think mouth width, palettes, teeth, etc come into play. As bits are so complex, I don't think you could umbrella a breed and a mouthpiece very well.
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