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  1. #1
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    Default Okay to use bridoon bit as snaffle to show in?

    I've got an Arab with a small face, and just tried a bridoon loose ring snaffle on him. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner - the smaller rings are a much better fit.

    So, is it okay to show in as a snaffle? I've checked the rulebook, and the only thing I could find was a minimum diameter (10mm) for the bit - nothing about the size of the rings. This one is a Herm Sprenger Dynamic RS, and it's 14mm, so well within the requirements.

    Can anyone confirm? I'd hate to get a surprise at our first show next year!



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    Yes, completely legal.



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    We used a bridoon for our little Arabian too, it looks so much better and not so overwhelming on his little face!



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    Thanks to both of you! I just wanted to make sure I hadn't missed something in the rulebook.



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    Yes. I use that exact bit for my TB. He has a small face, small mouth, thick tongue, low pallette - it is what works for him!
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    I did the same thing with my tiny mouth QH...



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    Ditto small mouth warmblood
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    But.... just because no one has mentioned it... you can get smaller-length bits with different ring sizes that are in the "snaffle" not "bradoon" size range. The advantage of the larger ring is that it can move more through the holes in the bit as you work the reins (and "play" the bit more) and it can also give you a wee bit more leverage than a bradoon. The bradoon might "look" nicer but the snaffle might be more functional for your ride. Just something to consider.
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