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Am I reading this right? Can I use what is technically a bradoon as a snaffle?

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  • Am I reading this right? Can I use what is technically a bradoon as a snaffle?

    Pony is with a dressage trainer at present and she has been being ridden with what is technically a bradoon. Pony wears a 5" bit, but otherwise her mouth is small and we've been having issues finding one she likes. The bradoon (double jointed Herm Sprenger) is working for her. I think she likes the thinner mouth and I like that the rings aren't so big she looks ridiculous

    In Appendix 4 of the Rules for Eventing it says: "Note: All bridoon bits shown on the plate of permitted bits are for the Dressage either as a snaffle or as part of a double bridle."

    My interpretation of that is that I can indeed use a bridoon as a snaffle bit. Am I correct on that?
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    Yes, can be used as a snaffle or a bridoon.

    They are, honestly, a snaffle. Just thinner moutpiece and smaller rings. Looks GREAT on ponies!

    Glad you found something that worked.

    Many folks in the Morgan world will use them instead of a regular snaffle so the rings don't overwhelm their tiny heads/muzzles
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      #3
      Excellent. My pony will be pleased
      Pam's Pony Place

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      • #4
        My old Appendix QH, who went prelim in the 90s, had a teeny, tiny, eeny mouth and he went all three phases in a French link bradoon. It's the only thing that worked for him.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Desert Topaz View Post
          Excellent. My pony will be pleased
          Best quote ever. Just sayin.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Desert Topaz View Post
            Excellent. My pony will be pleased
            Originally posted by kkindley View Post
            Best quote ever. Just sayin.
            Seconded.
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            • #7
              I've been using a herm sprenger bridoon from a friend's double bridle as my horse's main bit for years. Competed through Prelim in it...
              He's definitely not a pony but he has a big tongue and a low palate, and this bit seems more comfortable for him...
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              • Original Poster

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                Originally posted by kkindley View Post
                Best quote ever. Just sayin.
                My life is now complete
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                • #9
                  If your horse likes this bit and its legal- keep it.

                  Years ago, before I knew better, had a dressage trainer tell me I couldn't use the bridoon (Which was quite a large one) I had been using on my horse. Never, ever found a bit that horse liked as well. Lesson- listen to horse, not trainer. Later found a better trainer.

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                  • #10
                    The only difference between a bradoon and a snaffle is the ring size- and since there is no regulation regarding ring size- its fine. They tend to be smaller in diameter, but that isn't always the case. Just make sure the mouthpiece meets all the rules and you are fine.

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                    • #11
                      Pattnic I LOVE your sig!! Sorry nothing to add to the thread. Looks like you have found your answer though.
                      Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.

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