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HS DUO and HS KK Ultra Bits

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  • HS DUO and HS KK Ultra Bits

    For those of you who use either one of these bits....are they acceptable/appropriate for the hunter ring? I recently got a DUO Ding and really like it on my young horse-just never noticed seeing any in the hunter show ring...although plenty of people use happy mouths which are similar so i'm assuming they're perfectly acceptable...i was planning on riding at home in the DUO and possibly showing in a KK Ultra D Ring if the DUO wasn't appropriate for the hunter show ring?...we're going to some upcoming USEF rated shows that offer the hunter breeding classes and will be doing Young Hunters Under Saddle as well as at Devon!

    As far as the KK Ultra's go...how do you like them? are they considered a soft/gentle bit? would they be good for a horse that sometimes gets too round/curled and behind the vertical and sometimes too low? Also..how do they compare/differ to the WH Ultra models? would like some feedback before i spend another arm and a leg on yet another bit

    Thanks in advance
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  • #2
    It has been a couple of years since my horse was showing, but we went in a Duo D-ring and it was actually a pretty common bit. I saw it on a lot of hunters, both the D-ring and the pelham (can't miss that white rubber mouthpiece). As for trying other bits, you should check out ebay as I have often picked up Sprenger bits there for far less than new. Nice when you want to try something out.


    • #3
      I use the HS WH Ultra with my green hunter and she loves it and really seems to reach for it. She's a big girl and has a tendency to get strong but she's also a sensitive TB mare and gets defensive with stronger bits so I've had to resign myself to installing a better set of brakes through more flat work rather than bitting her up. So I would call it a relatively gentle bit.

      I think the only difference between the WH and KK Ultras is that the WH has a roller disk in the center.

      I got mine on Ebay.


      • #4
        Originally posted by ladipus View Post
        As far as the KK Ultra's go...how do you like them? are they considered a soft/gentle bit? would they be good for a horse that sometimes gets too round/curled and behind the vertical and sometimes too low?
        It totally depends. My mare hates the tongue pressure of the double jointed bits, so she is much worse at getting behind the vertical in a KK Ultra. She is much better in a single jointed bit.
        On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog


        • #5
          I have a horse that curls behind the bit and he goes best in the Duo (I have a loose ring). It would be totally acceptable for the hunter ring. I would recommend giving it a shot if that's your horse's problem.

          Mine accepts the duo better than the JP oval french link I have, though he does OK in that -- just better in the duo.


          • #6
            Hey, if your horse likes it, and goes the best in it, use it! I bought a KK ultra for my mare, and she HATED it. (Note to self- TRY OUT really expensive bits before buying) Well, there goes $100 down the drain, lol! When I was using a bit, she went in a $30 D-ring, and liked that. So, if you want to spend the $100+, go for it.
            "On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."


            • #7
              I use a KK ultra loose ring on my mare and love it. In fact, the barn I'm currently at probably has more KK's on bridles than anything else (coincidence on my part since I had my mare riding in one before we moved.) They are absolutely a soft/gentle bit and I love the finesse and feel I get when riding in one. It's a perfectly acceptable show bit; if your horse goes well in it, use it