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FOUND a source for leather snaffle bits! FYI!

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  • #21
    May my Arab borrow your bit? His girth just broke
    Wow! I think my bits are size 4.5.

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      #22
      Originally posted by Chall View Post
      May my Arab borrow your bit? His girth just broke
      Wow! I think my bits are size 4.5.


      Miss B wears a 6" and I could have actually done a 6.25" in this!! Her mouth isn't that wide... she just has beefy lips.
      Big Idea Eventing

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      • #23
        Originally posted by pass View Post
        Leather bits are legal for dressage. It is addressed on the same line as rubber bits.
        Okay, great! Thanks for your help!

        Just for the record... I swear I searched the entire USEF rulebook and didn't see a thing about leather bits (saw the piece about rubber and synthetic bits, and the piece about leather curb chains, though). Maybe I should get my eyesight checked.
        RIP Jove 1993-2016

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        • #24
          Originally posted by eponacowgirl View Post
          Bedford Tack in Shelbyville, TN whipped these up for me today.

          https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...90624870_n.jpg

          They're a work in progress and open to suggestions, but for the low low price of $16.50 a piece, I'm willing to work with it!

          They are harness leather, sized to order and the edges are beveled to make them round.

          I told them I would inform the interwebz that they are making them and so here I am!

          Bedford Tack: (931) 437-2219

          Tell them Lauren sent you.
          *snork* I had to laugh at the dusty dashboard in your picture, mine looks just like that. Those bits are a nice idea for a soft mouthed horse. Hope they work for your ponies.
          Hillary Rodham Clinton - the peoples choice for president.

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            #25
            Originally posted by Gestalt View Post
            *snork* I had to laugh at the dusty dashboard in your picture, mine looks just like that. Those bits are a nice idea for a soft mouthed horse. Hope they work for your ponies.

            Oh, the photo does it no justice!! It's SO dirty in there.

            Another update: My student's pony went in her leather snaffle for the second time today at a show. Her dressage score dropped 10 points from her last test. First time the kid has ridden her in the bit. It's REALLY working well for her. Swinging back, not offended by contact! Weee!
            Big Idea Eventing

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            • #26
              Good for your student!!! Such bit is pretty intriguing. I wonder how long it will last and I guess it conforms to the horse's mouth quite fast.

              Originally posted by eponacowgirl View Post
              I do find it interesting that a waterford is not legal for dressage, but a strip of leather is.
              Waterford bits don't allow contact in the horse's mouth, which is the opposite of the dressage's goal.
              ~ Enjoying some guac and boxed wine at the Blue Saddle inn. ~

              Originally posted by LauraKY
              I'm sorry, but this has "eau de hoarder" smell all over it.
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                #27
                I was down at Bedford again today and they said their leather snaffle sales had dropped off, so I thought I'd bump this up.

                My persnickety mares are still going nicely in their leather snaffles. They're not chewers but their bits so no signs of wear.

                They're also doing neckstraps for me now! AND making my maresie a custom sidepull with a leather snaffle and a rolled leather noseband. They see me coming and they're like 'oh lord... what now..."
                Big Idea Eventing

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                • #28
                  Can you you share the price on here or PM me the price?
                  http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                  • #29
                    If only they would do a full cheek...

                    Jennifer
                    Third Charm Event Team

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                      #30
                      Originally posted by ThirdCharm View Post
                      If only they would do a full cheek...

                      Jennifer
                      I bet they could. I feel like if they cut the mouthpiece off a twisted wire full cheek it would probably be easy enough. You'd incur the cost of a full cheek snaffle and the creation of the leather in place of the previous mouthpiece. Want me to ask?
                      Big Idea Eventing

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                      • #31
                        I'd love one if it is in my budget. How much do they run?
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                        Amber
                        PA Hi-Ly Visible [PA Hi-Noon (by Magnum Psyche) x Takara Padrona (by *Padron)]

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                        • #32
                          I asked, they said no....

                          Jennifer
                          Third Charm Event Team

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by HorseLoverJana View Post
                            Okay, great! Thanks for your help!

                            Just for the record... I swear I searched the entire USEF rulebook and didn't see a thing about leather bits (saw the piece about rubber and synthetic bits, and the piece about leather curb chains, though). Maybe I should get my eyesight checked.
                            I'm interested in the bit too, but also couldn't find anything in the USEF rule book indicating its legality. I think I'll check with the USEF directly before I decide to buy. If they say it's legal, then it might make a good bit for one of my very fussy youngsters.
                            Piaffe Girl -- Dressage. Fashionably.
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                              #34
                              I'll mention it again when I go in. They told me they couldn't make a lot of things I've asked for and have managed to figure it out when I got more specific.

                              Originally posted by ThirdCharm View Post
                              I asked, they said no....

                              Jennifer
                              Big Idea Eventing

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                              • #35
                                I still owe you for mine ! Don't let me forget. Next weds.

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                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by eponacowgirl View Post
                                  I do find it interesting that a waterford is not legal for dressage, but a strip of leather is.
                                  I wonder if part of it has to do with the little ridge on the center of each "bead"? May create little pressure points. Good question though!

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                                    #37
                                    Twist of fate- clear your PMs so I can reply to you!
                                    Big Idea Eventing

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                                    • #38
                                      I got a recent email inquiry - price was still something like $17.

                                      If you find your horse goes well in that, and you want cheeks, and have more $$$ to spend, then these look really nice!

                                      http://www.grantcashmore.co.nz/productsmacs.htm

                                      I understand that they will make smaller sizes than they have listed.

                                      If you find out that Bedford would make them for less lemme know, I'd be interested also.

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                                      • #39
                                        Hmm think I might order a couple for my horses that prefer a hackamore. To bad they don't have it in a D

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                                          #40
                                          Holy moses! $155?!?! NO ONE tell Bedford about this!
                                          Big Idea Eventing

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