What's The Best Bit For A Young Horse?

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  1. Loves2Ride

    Loves2Ride Senior Member

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    What kind of bit is best for young horses? :)
     






  2. Dawn

    Dawn Senior Member+

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    A gentle one.

    Honestly, it depends on the level of training, the horse's preference, the rider's ability, and the structure of the horse's mouth.
     
  3. horseluva4eva

    horseluva4eva Full Member

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    A very soft one so that it doesnt get a hard mouth at a young age.
     
  4. Moostang

    Moostang Senior Member+

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    I prefer a Dee ring snaffle with copper rollers after I have worked them in a sidepull.
     
  5. arabiangirl171

    arabiangirl171 Senior Member+

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    there is this one kind of bit that is enspecially for young horses. i think its a whistle bit? i gotta look in my book. any way if thats the name of it it has three little things coming off the center so they can play with it i guess. but i dont know if thats the greatest idea because then they might not concentrate.
     
  6. Cowgirl2135

    Cowgirl2135 Senior Member+

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    A snaffle is gentle. You don't want to start anything harsh or is heavy.
     
  7. EventingDayDream

    EventingDayDream Senior Member+

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    I would use an eggbutt snaffle, maybe a french link or oval mouthpiece. a nice sized one, not to thin as those are more severe. I wouldn't use a loose ring since they can pinch, but one with but gaurds would probably be fine. I prefer to use a D ring or eggbutt so I dont have to deal with those though.
     
  8. i_luv_moth

    i_luv_moth Senior Member+

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    Here is the bit Moth was broken in with. The keys encourage them to fiddle and Mouth the bit to get more used to having it in their mouth and the feel of it.It worked wonders for her
     
  9. EqUeStRiAn

    EqUeStRiAn Senior Member+

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    We always start our horses in jointed snaffles .... then graduate up if need be
     
  10. *lauren & jp*

    *lauren & jp* Senior Member+

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    we ALWAYS start our young horses in a gentle, smooth snaffle of some kind. USUALLY...like 99.9% of the time it's just a smooth mouth full cheek training snaffle and occasionally we use a d-ring, eggbutt, or o-ring. any gentle, smooth snaffle is good though-it just happens that my trainer has a TON of full cheeks for our young horses...so that's why they USUALLY get worked in them!
     






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