Opinions on French link bits? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
Opinions on French link bits?

What's your opinion on how bits with a French link work and feel for the horses?
Posted via Mobile Device
C0c0a728 is offline  
post #2 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 10:29 PM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Quebec, Canada
Posts: 103
• Horses: 1
I really like the french link. My 4 year old is ridden in one (he has a soft mouth) and he loves it. You don't get the "nutcracker" action as you would with a normal single-jointed snaffle. The french link lays flat and seems to be a nice soft bit.

Theatrical Affair - "Theo"
Feb. 6 ' 2009, 16.1hh, black Thoroughbred gelding

TheatricalAffair is offline  
post #3 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 10:31 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
Posts: 2,723
• Horses: 4
French links are great, but while most horses like them there are a few out there that don't.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

Cat is offline  
post #4 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 10:32 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 47,719
• Horses: 2
i like it, or better, the version that is the KK ultra.
DimSum likes this.
tinyliny is offline  
post #5 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 11:01 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 760
• Horses: 1
Love em!
Posted via Mobile Device
hemms is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 11:18 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Cantley,Quebec
Posts: 611
• Horses: 4
I've only tried it with my Paint Horse and he's not a fan for some reason or another. I use a D-ring snaffle with copper rollers that he and my National Show Horse both like. I tried it because I thought the French link would have been softer. So, for my horse it's best to stick with what works.
Paintlover1965 is offline  
post #7 of 18 Old 10-11-2013, 12:25 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,323
• Horses: 1
I also like French links. I've always used the kind with the lozenge in the middle (KK Ultra or knock off). My horse now has a KK Ultra 2-Type and goes quite well in it.
verona1016 is offline  
post #8 of 18 Old 10-11-2013, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
Posted via Mobile Device
C0c0a728 is offline  
post #9 of 18 Old 10-11-2013, 12:31 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Posts: 4,863
• Horses: 1
Around here KK seems to only come in loose ring, and french only in eggbutt, so I use them interchangeably depending on what cheek piece I want. Never had a problem with it! They seem pretty comfortable for the horse.

Lately though, I have been using Myler bits and I quite like them.
Saskia is offline  
post #10 of 18 Old 10-11-2013, 02:35 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 295
• Horses: 1
Mine's one of the few that didn't like the french link. And actually hated the kk ultra even more! Ah well.

Aside from that, not much more practical opinion from me, but I really do like them in theory. Hence why it was the first set of bits I tried with my horse.
teamfire is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can the link from a french link bit pinch the tongue? petitepyromaniac Horse Tack and Equipment 3 04-30-2013 02:23 AM
single link vs. french link OwnedByAlli Horse Tack and Equipment 19 07-29-2012 12:48 AM
Snaffle? French Link? Not sure. NordicJuniper Horse Tack and Equipment 5 07-30-2011 12:01 AM
frech link vs. oval link bits showjumpingjunkieee Horse Tack and Equipment 5 12-23-2009 12:22 PM
frech link vs. oval link bits showjumpingjunkieee Horse Training 5 12-21-2009 05:22 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome