Monday, July 27, 2015

TMM Blog Hop:Bit of Luck

An interesting blog hop from The Moody Mare

I think that we all have those tried and true bits in our collection while others we just steer clear of.  Are there any bits that work like magic for your horse?
I've only ridden Max in a double jointed snaffle.  His current one is an eggbutt with a copper lozenge.

Like this, only with a copper lozenge.

 I had read that Haflingers tend to have lower palates than your average horse, so I went with a double jointed. I wanted to keep it as mild as possible. The copper provides something a little tastey that he could play with.

That being said, I'm not sure how much he likes it.  We go well enough, but he can get bull headed and try to push through it or ignore me. I've been wanting to try other bits, but I'm not sure what. Plus, time and money are at a premium at the moment.

I've been considering a baucher, some sort of happy mouth bit, or an elevator. I like the idea of the elevator simply because you can adjust where the reins attach and use it as a simple snaffle, or use the curb action.

I feel like I have good, steady hands and don't lean on his mouth for balance. But he has his moments when he decides to grab for grass and yanks me down with him. Those Haflinger muscles are no match for me.

Any advice?


  1. idk i tend not to be very experimental with bits (change is scary!). my horse goes well in what i have right now (a loose ring sprenger kk ultra) and i don't want to mess with success... but then again you never know when you'll strike gold, and some experimenting might be worth it!

    1. If it works for you, stick with it. I just don't have that much experience with bits and horses, so it's hard to tell if what I have is the best for us.

  2. Thanks for joining the blog hop! I have tried my mare in a French link snaffle and experienced similar results - she was very heavy on it. With her big head and large neck, she always won whenever she went down for a bite of grass.

    I have heard good things about bauchers for horses with lower palates. Have your tried looking into bit rental programs? I know that Equestrian Collections lets you rent any Myler bit for $15, and Mary's Tack and Feed lets you rent any Myler, Herm Sprenger, Mikmar, or Stubben for just $10. There are many programs out there, so they might be worth looking into before you shell out a lot of money on an expensive bit.

    1. I didn't realize there were bit rental programs out there. I'll have to look into that. Thanks!


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