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post #1 of 5 Old 04-18-2017, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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I am not real experienced with bits and I'm wondering if someone can tell me what kind of bit this is and if it is mild or harsh.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-18-2017, 11:57 PM
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I'm pretty sure the squiggle in the shank gives more leverage. So, harsher than a simpler straighter shank curb. What does "Francine" refer to in the title of your post?

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-19-2017, 12:25 AM
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Except for the shanks, it is in similar vein to one of Myler's ported bits.

Myler HBT Shank Ported Bit MB 04

Those look like swivel shanks which I happen to like. I have seen a Walking Horse or two ridden in those style shanks. That type of bit is a low port curb with a roller. It is not harsh.

The shanks could make it harsh if the rider is green, and/or does not have soft hands.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-20-2017, 11:48 PM
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No idea what it's called. Doesn't look like a 'harsh' kind of bit to me, but also, being leverage, not one I'd suggest for a novice or not so soft hands. Esp with the curb chain. It is a Western style bit, for western style riding, not one for 'constant contact' and independent, direct reins, as with English.

I'm interested Avna, how you reckon the 'squiggles' make the leverage stronger? Not saying that's wrong, just can't see how that could work.
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That's not a harsh bit in terms of curbs, its a jointed port SS curb. I ride with one when I show western.

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