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tallygirl
Nov. 10, 2010, 02:05 AM
Does anyone know of anywhere i can find a Dr Bristol in a 6???? or if not a 6 then a 5.75?? I have looked everywhere and cannot find either. :(. or if anyone has one they would like to give up please PM me!! otherwise please help me find one!
TIA! :D

Sprouty
Nov. 10, 2010, 05:44 AM
can you not get online................to be fair over here in the Uk they are pretty old sch don't see them so much now adays. why do you need ??

tallygirl
Nov. 11, 2010, 12:14 AM
yes i can get online. im obviously online right now but i have looked everywhere for one. if you arent willing to help me just dont post to me. my trainer is a dressage trainer with some big horses so we are looking for the dr bristols in 5.75 or 6 so if anyone has any input on where to get one please help :)

saitou_amaya
Nov. 11, 2010, 01:11 AM
Yeah I can't find one in that size anywhere online. Which makes me wonder where the hell I got the dr. bristol I have now in a 5.75....
Sorry, I looked everywhere online. Try tack stores in your arena maybe?

ExJumper
Nov. 11, 2010, 08:15 AM
can you not get online................to be fair over here in the Uk they are pretty old sch don't see them so much now adays. why do you need ??

Why does anyone need any bit? Because it works! ;)

I can't help you with the size, but I do like the bit in general. My last hotse went in one.

This isn't exactly right, but it's double jointed and comes in a 5 3/4:

http://www.smartpakequine.com/productclass.aspx?productClassid=7141

Also double jointed:

http://www.smartpakequine.com/productclass.aspx?productClassid=5420

But you're right -- I can't find a regular dr bristol any bigger than a 5.5!

Chall
Nov. 11, 2010, 08:36 AM
http://www.horse.com/item/korsteel-full-chk-copper-mth-dr-bristol-bit/SLT900238/?srccode=MRHSGOOG&mr:trackingCode=B1441D25-7E5F-DF11-BAA3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA
size=5.5
oops, that was already posted
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Second try, look at:
http://www.drafttack.com/store/page26.html
Scroll down to the "LOOSE RING FRENCH LINK SNAFFLE BIT"

tidy rabbit
Nov. 11, 2010, 09:16 AM
try searching Amazon.com

I just ordered a 6" french link pelham from them. It said "draft size". I prefer to call it "custom". ;)

MMPM
Nov. 11, 2010, 09:41 AM
Here is a link to a custom place. They only list upto 5.5, but maybe you can contact them and have a 6" custom made.

http://www.equusport.com/item.php?item_id=591&category_id=59

tallygirl
Nov. 12, 2010, 12:36 AM
thanks for all your input. the last website to go custom just wouldnt work. 280 for a bit is crazzzzzzzzzzy. I need something thats legal for dressage, thats the thing. My horse goes well in the Dr Bristol when we do dressage but he needs a 6 as hes a big guy. but the 5.75 works. whats the difference really between the dr bristol and the french link? my trainer said the french link is a lighter bit. My horse unfortunately came to me really hard mouthed and pulls A LOT (thankfully just in transitions now which is why we are doing dressage). He has gotten A LOT better.
thanks for all your help. any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)

kaluha2
Nov. 12, 2010, 04:33 AM
Hmmm. I thought VTO would have it.
I typed in Dr. Bristol 6" and a few bits (mostly full cheek) came up. A few came up in 6.5". Have you checked on E-Bay?

ExJumper
Nov. 12, 2010, 06:50 AM
thanks for all your input. the last website to go custom just wouldnt work. 280 for a bit is crazzzzzzzzzzy. I need something thats legal for dressage, thats the thing. My horse goes well in the Dr Bristol when we do dressage but he needs a 6 as hes a big guy. but the 5.75 works. whats the difference really between the dr bristol and the french link? my trainer said the french link is a lighter bit. My horse unfortunately came to me really hard mouthed and pulls A LOT (thankfully just in transitions now which is why we are doing dressage). He has gotten A LOT better.
thanks for all your help. any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)

I started a thread about this once, but it was a while ago and I'm pretty sure it got killed.

Here is a post from Janet that explains the difference:

http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showpost.php?p=3075059&postcount=6

It has to do with the angle that the flat middle piece is at. And to complicate things, people and companies and even official literature tend to be inconsistent about what they label the two. And now there are a lot of double jointed bits where the center piece is more of a nugget than a flat link...

Here's another link stressing the difficulty:

http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=220765&highlight=dr+bristol+french+link

YOu can search "dr bristol french link" on the forums.

kaluha2
Nov. 12, 2010, 08:25 AM
I find the whole French Link/Dr. Bristol discussion so very interesting because recently I was at an event and approached the person that inspected the bits THE question: Difference of, in appearance and action of, of these two bits. By the end of the conversation she was a little confused and admitted she didn't know the difference even by looking at the diagrams. I thought they were confusing because not only did they show the Dr. Bristol but then they added a double linked snaffle. WTH???

I stopped in VTO Saddlery and asked there too and got the same answer. So, now all of us were confused. LOL!

However, I do ride in a French Link and the flat piece is actually flat and in a fig.8.

At least I think!

Phaxxton
Nov. 12, 2010, 08:26 AM
As others have indicated, Dr. Bristols and French Links are often mislabeled / misclassified. Before giving up hope and going custom, I would search for both Dr. Bristols and french links online. You might find what you want labeled as a french link. I'd also search draft bits and draft supply stores. :yes:

ZIL
Nov. 13, 2010, 10:35 AM
http://www.drafttack.com/store/page17.html

This website has 6" Ds and full cheeks...they are called French Links but they look more like Dr. Bristol to me because the center link is flat.