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post #31 of 33 Old 05-30-2015, 05:19 PM
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here is a fairly good article that explains effect of purchase length, angle of the shanks etc;

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Thanks for that link, Smilie. While not addressing all issues, the article added to my understanding of shanked bits and the intricacies of different factors.

The article concludes well with the statement: "The better you understand yourself, your horse, and how a bit reacts, the better you will be able to accomplish your riding goals."

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post #32 of 33 Old 05-31-2015, 04:50 PM
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IŽd go with a simple joint full cheek snaffle. My mare had a tendon problem, 1 year without be ridden. That was our 1st choice bit for her and works greatly in direct commands.
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post #33 of 33 Old 06-01-2015, 05:31 PM
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I would experiment with gentler bits and she what she will work with. I have an older saddlebred mare who was a show horse. She is used to the snaffle bit but hates them. She was constantly evading and gaping her mouth wide open. I started to use a short shank, very low curb on her and she is appreciative of it and very quiet now.
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