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If you could only have one bit, what would you choose?

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  • #21
    Originally posted by wildlifer View Post
    If I had to throw everything else away...oh, I'd get stuck at the end. So I would keep my Myler D comfort snaffle and then I'd sneak my french link boucher into my back pocket.
    I have the same Myler D-ring comfort snaffle, western style, and that is what I would keep!
    "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


    • #22
      Originally posted by fourmares View Post
      Loose ring french snaffle.


      • #23
        Originally posted by up-at-5 View Post
        I would keep one of my Herm Sprenger WH Ultra bits, though not sure if I'd keep the loose ring or the D, probably the D.
        Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


        • #24
          JP Korsteel lozenge eggbutt
          I have one in every size, and every horse that comes to me for training starts in it, and very few wind up needing anything else.

          It's interesting, I was watching an interview with William Fox-Pitt a year or so ago, and he mentioned that bit preference in his experience is all about the rider. He tends to lean towards full cheeks. I prefer eggbutts.
          chaque pas est fait ensemble


          • #25
            WF-P is an eventer, so his leaning towards a full cheek may mean he can turn quicker and sharper.

            Myself, one bit only would be a double jointed snaffle, but I would like the option of a Nathe - I've found even strong horses go well in one.
            Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


            • #26
              Eggbut snaffle....probably single jointed. Its what all but 1 of the horses I ride go in.
              "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
              "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey


              • #27
                Myler loose ring comfort snaffle. have one for each of my horses.


                • #28

                  Mullen mouth. Strong horses, sensitive horses go well in this for me.

                  Or even a mullen mouth pelham. And I love double reins.... to me it feels like cheating
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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                    WF-P is an eventer, so his leaning towards a full cheek may mean he can turn quicker and sharper.
                    both of his dressage rides at rolex were in a full cheek too.
                    chaque pas est fait ensemble


                    • #30
                      French Link Eggbutt Snaffle
                      Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)


                      • #31
                        I would say a plain eggbutt, but I have run into several horses that just didn't like them.
                        So I do have one bridle, and pretty much ride everything in a D-ring (with the cheeks shaped, so it acts more like an eggbutt) double-jointed snaffle. It is made of sweet iron, which I find horses really like. The canons have inlaid copper, and have a curve to them. It is handmade in New Mexico by a fellow named Greg Dutton, and I haven't had a horse go poorly in it:


                        • #32
                          I'd keep my mullen-mouthed Tom Thumb Pelham, thanks. I've never had a horse it didn't work for at *some* stage of the horse's career!
                          "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                          • #33
                            3-ring mullen mouth happy mouth bit. Very versatile- adjust where you put the reins to suit the situation- yet very acceptable to practically all horses.


                            • #34
                              A good ol' eggbut, French link.

                              "Pat the horse; kick yourself" - Carl Hester


                              • #35
                                I think the only bit I have left on any of my bridles are various loose ring snaffles!

                                I have a fat eggbutt loose ring snaffle that I bought at State Line Tack for my first horse when I was kid. It was the cheapest bit in the store; I think I paid about $10 for it. I've used on probably every horse I've ever owned at some point!
                                Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by Event4Life View Post
                                  Eggbut snaffle....probably single jointed. Its what all but 1 of the horses I ride go in.
                                  That was the "good bit" of my childhood.
                                  The armchair saddler
                                  Politically Pro-Cat


                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                                    I have my decades old D ring lighter type snaffle I have used forever, after starting colts with a home made grass rope nose hackamore.

                                    That snaffle works to do all and any anyone ever may want, go on contact or not, "neck rein", since it is not about the rein and bit anyway, run races and any other.

                                    Training and riding the horse in training or trained is about so much else than the bit, I would hesitate to choose any one bit over all others and give it too much importance.

                                    Yup a D ring snaffle - helps prevent "catching" of skin where rings meet bit - so less likely to pinch.
                                    Now in Kentucky