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TuscanBunnyGirl

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Bits, bits, bits and why

 Just thought It'd be nice to share some views and info. on bits.

So what...

... is your favourite bit?

... do you think is the softest bit?

... do you think is the harshest bit?

... bit is your horse in and why?

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MoodyMare2904

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Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

Don't necessarily have a favourite bit.

I think that a snaffle would be the softest and perhaps Dutch Gag or Bubble bit the harshest (but it can be used like a snaffle depends where the reins are)

My current horse is in a snaffle but have been told by his owner (he's on loan) that he has a pelham if he is going to go hunting or anything fast paced as it tends to stop him better! Has always been ridden in a snaffle so not going to change it.

Did have a pony once that was ridden in a Dutch Gag as that was the only bit that seemed to stop him!

 

Sarah

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Fenris

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Fenris says:

Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

 I don;t know if I have a favourite bit really.. My horse is in a training lozenge because he seems to like it. He is not especially strong, but seems to dislike a single joint. Sometimes I use a rubber snaffle, but as I say, he dislikes a single joint. I think the bit he is in is pretty gentle.

 

I would say a twisted mouthpiece with a Dr Bristol, or a chain mouthpiece are probably among the most severe.

 

That said, a bit is only as soft or severe as the hands on the ends of the reins.

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cookiecrazy

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cookiecrazy says:

Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

Fenris said: 

 

That said, a bit is only as soft or severe as the hands on the ends of the reins.

 


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totally agree!

 

I really do think its best to ride your horse in a  snaffle if you can. Merlin was in a  two ring gag when he came to us, hes in a french link now and he goes much much better. Would never put him ina  'nutcracker' again. I hate em!!

 

I think schooling and trust is normally at the root of most issues so you should sort them out first before rushing off to buy 'brakes' or ' a steering wheel!'

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leannemccabe

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leannemccabe says:

Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

i personally dont have a favourite bit neither do i hate any bit, they ALL have their uses and since all of our horses are different it is wonderful that their are bits to suit any horse or not as the case may be with the range of hackamores and bitless bridles avaliable. i do however have a problem with bits being used wrongly, a newest trend something which was discussed on here a while back is when people use the weymouth piece of the double bridle on its own on the low ring, i also haven't had any good experiences with roundings, although appriciate some people have, although none of the horses we've had have ever gone better in the roudings i wouldnt not try it on another horse, bitting is trial and error, you shouldnt rule one out for a certain horse because it didnt work on another one.

 

favourite bit - whatever one my horse goes best in :) copper loose ring snaffle with a losenge (pictured)at the moment, i also could give glowing reviews on the wilkie snaffle, its a wonderful little bit which is so versatile, and have had majorly good experience with the sweetiron tom thumb (pictured) i woudlnt reccomend it for flatowork use unless you wanted to use two reins with it which i've never seen before but could be an option, however on my last two horses who were 'enthusiastic'to say the least when it came to jumping it worked amazingly, taught them to respect my aids and it was easy to hold them in it no fighting and a plesant experience for all :) the copper rollers also give them somethign to play with to encourage salvation, the sweetiron is also warm in their mouth, in the wrong hands though, this bit could be a problem for some horses due to the poll pressure.

 

cant comment on the softest/harshest bits as bits are only as strong as the hands using them although some bits which could be dangerous in the wrong hands cheltnam(pictured)/dutch gag and although its not a bit technically english and german hackamores can be seriously dangerous if used in correctly, however anybit has the capacity to be dangerous if used in the wrong situation, on the wrong horse in the wrong hands

 

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horseymadmatt

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Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

hello i'm new!!!

 

my favourite bit is loose ring snaffle with french link. as i think it is also a very soft bit with the french link. i think the harshest bit maybe one of those gag combined with hackamore. my horse is currently in loose ring with french link. but as people has said before the biggest factor is the riders hands

Jack 15.3hh irish x Skewbald gelding 7 years Riding a horse is like riding a bike, you never forget how!!

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lou41

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lou41 says:

Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

I'm new to the world of bits and horse ownership and my horse came with a 3 ring continental gag..had never seen one before. He's very strong when cantering and have been advised to try an extra rein to assist me when required, i plan to try this plus some schooling to get him listening to his new rider! I agree that it is all dependant on the riders hands as to how severe a bit is. 

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

I like the french link snaffle bit, I prefer it over the ordinary snaffle as not keen on the nutcracker action.  I have used various bits over the years depending on the issue, and I'm of the firm opinion that it is not the bit which is harsh it is the pair of hands behind it.  Even a silk thread can be pure torture if used inappropriately.  I do not honestly believe that there is any such thing as a "harsh" bit, harshness is caused by the person operating it.  I have used dutch gags, waterfords, pelhams, double bits, liverpool bits etc and never ever has my horse been injured through them.  Currently my warmblood has the hanging cheek french link as he responds better to it than any other we have tried, he will take a better check between fences with this one than any of the others we have tried and he does get a bit strong.  My cob also has the same bit as he was previoulsy a trotter and needs encouragement to flex at the poll and not run with his nose in the air.

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cookiecrazy

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cookiecrazy says:

Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

rhapsody said:

 Even a silk thread can be pure torture if used inappropriately.  

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:) true again!!

Merlin<3

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Charem

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Charem says:

Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

 1. Good ol' KK with losenge or french link. 

 

2. A bit that's being used by the softest hands.

 

3. Any bit that's being used by harsh hands, although the myler combo is pretty extreme, and the twisted wire, running gag I spotted at Samur 3 day look horrific.

 

4. Charlie my coloured goes in a loose ring french snaffle as he likes to fix against egbutts and doesn't like the action of a single joint but backs of a losenge. Chase the lanky grey ex racer goes in a kk with french link as he seems to accept the kk more than a normal stainless steel, and like charlie he doesnt like the action of a single joint.

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cookiecrazy

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cookiecrazy says:

Re: Bits, bits, bits and why

 i think most horses dont like the nutcracker action!!!

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