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Ok, so, I have a 7 year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding that I'm about to start training him Saddleseat. He's currently in an Eggbutt Snaffle, but I'd really like to switch him to a curb bit. I'm really stuck on what bit I should get him. I hear great things about the Brenda Imus Comfort Bit and my old trainer wanted him in a Wonder Bit, but I'd rather not switch him to that. What bit do you think I need for him?
 

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Tenessee Walkers are shown in curb bits, usually.

The majority of my instructor's horses use Billy Allen curbs.. none of that 12-inch funky shank business. Only one uses a WonderBit.
 

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Heyy cool cool!! Saddleseat is a lot of fun! Ummmm... Really, it all depends on how your horse works. If your horse isn't consistent in tucking his nose without you having to work your bridle ever second, your going to want a higher port bit with a long shank. The more your horse is lighter in the bridle the lower the port has to be.
 

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Look for a short shanked, low (or no) port bit. My gelding Loki was worked in a medium/shortish shanked bit with a solid, slightly curved mouthpiece. He worked wonderfully in it, but I've taken him back to a snaffle.

I suggest something like that, it's lightweight and easy on the mouth. Won't send the horse into hysterics at the slightest touch of the reins.
 

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A month ago I transitioned my 5yr from a snaffle to a Tom Balding "Doublecross". It has a couple copper rings similar to a cricket.

Pretty mild and has good control.

Although the bit might not work for you I really like copper rings (cricket) on the bit. Sure seems like they like that.

At this point, as she progresses, I think I will stay with a "cricket" on the future bits also.

Although that might not be allowed when you compete.

Mine worked fine in the snaffle, but I am able to be so much lighter with the doublecross and get much more refinement.

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