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

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

    If you could only have one bit for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

    I'm curious to hear what everyone says. I'm guessing that most will be snaffles, but what kind? Brand? Rings? Material?

  • #2
    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.


    • #3
      Dressage: double jointed german silver loose ring snaffle

      Hunters: double jointed D-ring with copper bean in the middle.

      Those have worked for quite a few years on every single horse I ride in one of my bridles, so...
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      • #4
        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.
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        • #5
          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.
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          • #6
            Same as meupatdoes.

            If I really and truly could have only one bit for every horse for the rest of my life--- and there might be some damaged ones in there that made me want More Bit or Less Stability-- I'd want that double-joined, bean in the middle, D-ring to maybe have some copper or sweet iron in it.
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            • #7
              Reinsman slip-ring snaffle, I think. Kind of all purpose.
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              • #8
                I'd take a loping halter. Haven't met a horse I couldn't ride in one of those.
                come what may

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                • #9
                  My Dynamic RS herm sprenger bit. Probably a D-ring


                  • #10
                    I have 2 favs, my D french link, and my mullen happy mouth three ring, most horses go either or, the 3 ring is for me as i cant do any pulling on my hands but i like how i can adjust the reins to vary what the horse needs, ride snaffle or actually havent used the 3rd ring just second

                    Mind you i ride with light hands too and not yanking themin the mouth, actually rode a gelding who prefered the 3 ring to a plain snaffle of the same mouthpiece(i could ride him in the snaffle)
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SAcres View Post
                      I'd take a loping halter. Haven't met a horse I couldn't ride in one of those.
                      That is not a "bit".


                      • #12
                        Loose ring french snaffle.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                          That is not a "bit".
                          Okay fine. My french link D ring. Although I haven't used it in about 6 months.
                          come what may

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                          • #14
                            Traditional foxhunting-type steel mullen-mouth Pelham. You can ride ANYTHING in that. If they don't start out polite and light, they'll be that way after a few wet saddle pads.


                            • #15
                              My KK Ultra loose ring french link. I almost never ride in it anyway. My horse goes best in a Dr. Cook's bit less.
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                              • #16
                                Either a Wilkie style snaffle because it's so adjustable or a mikmar circle shank -- no leverage on that style but horses really seem to like the mouthpiece.
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                                • #17
                                  I use my HS Duo or Nathe snaffle more than anything else.


                                  • #18
                                    French link eggbutt snaffle. Can't think of a horse I've owned dating back to 1965 that wouldn't have done okay with that. Okay, I wouldn't have had good brakes on all, but would have had steering so what the heck. I'd say ' plain' eggbutt but in recent years most of mine have preferred the French link though they've been okay in a conventional snaffle.


                                    • #19
                                      French link loose ring snaffle. Preferably with with a nice curve to it and some metal other than straight stainless steel for the mouthpiece.


                                      • #20
                                        It's not a question for me, since I do only have ONE bit for my horse:
                                        a KK Ultra loose ring french link.
                                        She does everything (jumping, dressage, cross country, hunter paces, trail riding...) in that bit.
                                        I have borrowed other bits at times (Baucher, D-ring French link...) but this is the one she goes best in, by far.
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