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dexxy

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dexxy says:

Best bit for my youngster?

 I'd like to move him onto a sweet iron, but I need something first to get him used to the whole idea of it when I'm riding.  Is a happy mouth okay? Or a vulcanite better ?  And also, would I need a hanging cheek/link/gag etc?  

 

I have had lots of people say to me check whether he has a fleshy lips, fat tongue etc etc., but I really don't know what a normal tongue/lips look like, I just really don't understand bitting!  Any help appreciated

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JustMe..x

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JustMe..x says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

madzjoker said:

what breed is your horse? how old etc?

In my experience, a rubber coated straight bar is brilliant for young horses or those who need confidence in a bit www.thehorsebitshop.co.uk/product.php

stay well away from gags or anything non snaffle on a baby, keep it simple and fair

but for a baby baby, I think a straight bar (or jointed if your horse has a bigger tongue) happy mouth with an eggbutt ring is a good bit, eggbutts are really forgiving

 



 

Double agree with this. I have a youngster, and she raced two years ago and was in a normal snaffle. I have gone from a normal snaffle to completely re starting her in a rubber mullen mouth. She goes so nicely in this, it is so soft on her mouth and she respects it so much. She is also a very excitable tb .. but I can completely control her in this bit.

Stay well away from gag type bits .. and dont use anything else apart from a snaffle/rubber happy mouth/rubber mullen mouth, soo much nicer for the youngster and you to have something soft.

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

My yougster has quite a fleshy tongue and loves his french link loose ring snaffle. As the others have said don't go for gags or pelhams or any other harsch bit on a baby, although if he gets too strong for the bit he is in then you can look at a slightly stronger bit. I would rather see a horse with a strong bit in rather than the rider pulling like mad and getting no responce, that way you end up with a horse with a hard mouth.

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dexxy

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dexxy says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

 Thanks guys, think I'll go for the mullen mouth! 

 

Sorry, I didn't mean an actual gag, its just I've seen online they do happy mouth with a gag etc, but still, the mullen mouth sounds good, I'd rather go with the softest poss at first and then go from there.

 

Thanks again :)

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JustMe..x

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JustMe..x says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

dexxy said:

 Thanks guys, think I'll go for the mullen mouth! 

 

Sorry, I didn't mean an actual gag, its just I've seen online they do happy mouth with a gag etc, but still, the mullen mouth sounds good, I'd rather go with the softest poss at first and then go from there.

 

Thanks again :)



 

I love my mullen mouth, Maisie is coming up 6 in april and until she relises her own strength I will keep her in the mullen mouth but shes going really nicely in it. She can have her moments in the school, well shes had one moment .. other from that shes going really nicely in it.

:)

x..Maisie and Me..x You are a great champion. When you ran, the ground shook, the sky opened and mere mortals parted. Parted the way to victory, where you'll meet me in the winner's circle, where I'll put a blanket of flowers on your back.

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dexxy

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dexxy says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

 Thanks Justme :) 

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adele1008

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adele1008 says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

My tb is in a vulcanite mullen mouth as he has a very soft mouth and this suits him really well, i prefer vulcanite to the happy mouths as they seem to last better, lots of horses chomp through the happy mouths and they can leave sharp bits too, the vulcanite ones are also totally flexible and really light!

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Vik1

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Vik1 says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

I would also consider having the straight cheeks with keepers as they are good for youngsters to help with steering.  Make sure you have the keepers tho otherwise they dont work properly.

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dexxy

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dexxy says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

Vik1 said:

I would also consider having the straight cheeks with keepers as they are good for youngsters to help with steering.  Make sure you have the keepers tho otherwise they dont work properly.


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Sorry having a blonde moment, what are the keepers again?  I have two things in mind but can't think which it is, I wonder if there is a bitting course I can go on ;) 

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

Keepers are the little leather straps that hold the bit still onto the cheekpieces. Not all horses like a full cheek though. Charlie hated the feel of them and goes a lot better in a loose ring. The loink shows you a picture of the keepers.

http://www.raraequus.com/edu1/pages/full_cheek_snaffle.html

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dexxy

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dexxy says:

Re: Best bit for my youngster?

 ohhh yeah I know what you mean, thank you :) 

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