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    Question What is this bit called?!

    I've been in horses for over 30 years and as a trainer to boot. However I have NEVER seen this type of bit before. I cannot find one like it anywhere, no matter where I look. Anyone know what it's called or why it's made like it is? A client dropped it off and I'm just befuddled! What on earth would be the point of having those holes?

    You can see it here http://leapoffaithtx.com/img_0775.jpg
    THANKS. Curiosity might just kill me!



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    I seem to remember seeing one at the track on the young horses. The trainer called it a whistler. Not sure if that is the real name (or just the sound it made when they galloped with their mouths slightly open), but i have no idea what it was supposed to do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mjrtango93 View Post
    I seem to remember seeing one at the track on the young horses. The trainer called it a whistler. Not sure if that is the real name (or just the sound it made when they galloped with their mouths slightly open), but i have no idea what it was supposed to do.
    WOW! First reply & you were right on. It's a whistle bit! I even found out what it's for.



    Here is what I found http://equisearch.com/horses_riding_...llery/whistle/ not the same as my bit but close enough!



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    Yeah, I've always known that as a whistle bit. Here's a non-racing version of it:

    http://www.horsetackinternational.co...le-gag-bit.jpg

    The only things I've heard about it is that the saliva is supposed to get in the holes and somehow makes the horse soften to the bit or something.. honestly, not real sure. The bit you have, it's like a hexagon shape or whatever, is used because the edges keep the horse from leaning on the bit too hard, I think.

    EDIT; My bad, yours is NOT the hexagon shaped whistle bit I've seen!
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    I've seen them used on stabled horses who liked to windsuck. Because of the holes, they can't gulp air.



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    Here's one more like yours:

    http://www.horsetrends.com/pe6whmolorib.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hear_my_echo View Post
    I've seen them used on stabled horses who liked to windsuck. Because of the holes, they can't gulp air.
    I've heard that that's an old wive's tale, that they still can windsuck. But I don't really know!
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    Thanks guys!

    I just KNEW you all would know what it was. Sometimes the COTH is an amazing place - you can learn so much here, even when you've been in horses for a long time!

    My bit has no edges & is completely cylindrical (sp?).



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    We in the Saddle Seat world have a curb bit like that, called a windsucking bit or a whistle bit.

    http://www.4showhorsetack.com/images...vell22-008.jpg



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    Quote Originally Posted by sublimequine View Post
    I've heard that that's an old wive's tale, that they still can windsuck. But I don't really know!
    I don't know either! But the racing trainer who used it swore by it for windsuckers!



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    As quotes from that Equisearch article posted:

    "The bit as prevention of successful windsucking thing is a bizarre old wives' tale. Think about the anatomy involved for a moment--it would be like saying you couldn't swallow or breathe through your mouth if you were eating a Lifesaver candy."

    Which makes sense. But I don't really know either!



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    Just to test that, I just poked some holes in a drinking straw, and put it in my mouth sideways- it's not as easy to gulp air in. Makes you drool something awful!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hear_my_echo View Post
    Just to test that, I just poked some holes in a drinking straw, and put it in my mouth sideways- it's not as easy to gulp air in. Makes you drool something awful!
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    OMG Hear_my_echo,
    you owe me a new keyboard!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hear_my_echo View Post
    Just to test that, I just poked some holes in a drinking straw, and put it in my mouth sideways- it's not as easy to gulp air in. Makes you drool something awful!


    Did you also try gulping air in with a non-hole-y straw as a control?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattnic View Post


    Did you also try gulping air in with a non-hole-y straw as a control?
    No. Do you think I should? (Now, where's the worried smilie?! )





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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluehorsesjp View Post
    OMG Hear_my_echo,
    you owe me a new keyboard!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hear_my_echo View Post
    No. Do you think I should? (Now, where's the worried smilie?! )


    Yes
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    A friend got one of these just to see if it really would whistle when in use.

    It didn't. We were very disappointed.
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    I'm pretty sure horses don't breathe through their mouths - only through their noses.



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