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Equus123

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Equus123 says:

Different types of bits and what they do????

 Hiya everyone,

I've never been able to understand what bridle and bit to put on a horse. Does it depend on the way they move, or how they carry their head???? AAARRHHHHH!!!!!!!

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Different types of bits and what they do????

The usual thing that people try is a snaffle bit of which there is so many, I used mainly a Pelham with Double reins for my old Gypsy Cob Tonka but had to sort out his tack as he had on a running martingale which was not needed as was the roundings used instead of double reins using a single rein, the ex-racehorse was told to use a French Link Eggbutt Snaffle not an ordinary snaffle as it would cause her to rear this worked well as a kind bit, now using this bit on my new horse a Belgian Warmblood called Sabrina. The problem with bitting if the horse fights the bit there is many reasons for this including getting the horses mouth sorted out with the dentist, and many go for a stronger bit but I go the other way a kinder bit. Then there appears to be a fashion with certain bits being used in different disiplines.

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jbstar159

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jbstar159 says:

Re: Different types of bits and what they do????

Bitting can be a bit of a minefield and usually based on trial and error with each individual horse. There are loads of different mouthpieces, rings, joints, etc. The conformation of the mouth needs to be taken into consideration as well, as people used to think that thicker mouthpieces were kinder but if the horse hasnt got much room then they will find this uncomfortable. Stronger horses may need bits which give the rider more control, and hanging or full cheek mouthpieces can help younger horses with direction. Bits put pressure on different parts of the mouth, for example the tongue, and also on the poll. You also mentioned different types of bridles - different nosebands are available, again depending on the horse. A flash noseband can help if the horse has a tendency to cross the jaw and take hold of the bit. There are books you can get about tack - have a look on ebay or amazon for bargains!

Hope this helps!

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: Different types of bits and what they do????

It depends on a bit of everything really, what sort of horse is it e.g. forward going,sharp,stubborn etc. what are you doing with it and ither things like is there need for a bit, do you know how to use a bit.

I use to have a cob who was ridden in a pelham and there was no need for him to be, I put him in a snaffle and he went like a dream! many horses are in the wrong bit and I think its where most problems start, My newly broken 3yr old is in a loose ring snaffle and he goes well in it and I dont think I will ever change it.

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DuffyDuck

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DuffyDuck says:

Re: Different types of bits and what they do????

It depends, and its a very personal thing for both horse and rider. Try looking at a website like the bit bank where you can email, let them know about your horse, age, discipline etc and they'll help you as much as possible :)

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Equus123

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Equus123 says:

Re: Different types of bits and what they do????

 Thankyuo very much for your help everyone, I really appreciate it!!!

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Different types of bits and what they do????

Have you ever considered going bitless?  I've been riding my horse bitless for about five years now.  We've never looked back

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lou41

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lou41 says:

Re: Different types of bits and what they do????

I'm still a novice with bits and found my local saddlery very helpful. My cob was in a 3 ring gag which was pretty useless as he can be strong and has a fleshy tongue, i now have him in a filet baucher french link which is thinner and suits him much better, im also not afraid to to canter anymore for fear of not stopping!

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