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  1. #1
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    Default Google has failed me. Does a French-link bit with hooks exist?

    As the title says, I'm looking for a French-link (preferable full cheek) bit, but haven't been able to find one online. Has anyone ever seen one?

    I've found french link bits without hooks, regular double-jointed bits with hooks, but no French-link bit with hooks.

    ETA: I mean Myler-style hooks, as seen and explained here.



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    Nope, it does not exist.



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    I've never seen one with full cheeks. Seems like that would be pretty hard to engineer/manufacture since the loop on a full cheek is already so small. The closest I've seen was a french link full cheek gag that used traditional gag cheeks, not hooks.

    At any rate, if you prefer hooks + french link and you can live with a loose ring cheek design, those are called wonder bits or beval bits. Sometimes they're also called loop ring gags. They're popular with eventers. Examples:

    Stubben Golden Wings Gag
    http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/GAG/SGWGB.htm

    French link wonder bit
    http://www.bitofbritain.com/Wonder_B...ink_p/1059.htm

    Oval link wonder bit
    http://www.bitofbritain.com/Wonder_B...ink_p/1060.htm



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    Brad could probably make you one: http://www.equusport.com/category.php?category_id=113
    The Evil Chem Prof



  5. #5
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    Richard Shrake bits (Western oriented, but who cares so long as your horse's mouth is the right size), are mostly full cheeks with some sort of hooks. I do not believe there is a french link version.

    http://www.richardshrake.com/index.p...s=488&c=&id=56


    Also, if you wanted to pony up the money to have such a unique item, I am quite sure Jay Shuttleworth could make you one. The way he does the hooks is like Myler and pretty low profile, I'm sure they would "fit"



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    Myler makes bits with hooks (in full cheek), though I haven't seen a french link.



  7. #7
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    Here's the french link mouth peice from Myler (image 10) http://mylerbitsusa.com/regular_snaffle.shtml

    You could have that put on their full cheek with hooks.



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