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February recap; March goals — 6 Comments

  1. Oh, hey! I want to get Tuck a bit for his trail bridle so I can put his most favored dressage bit back on his dressage bridle and I've been considering going for something with a little more _there_ there (I've traditionally used his jump bit for excursions, more for my comfort than because he needs it, but still)…that combo bit has been on my radar. Is it functionally a loose-ring or an eggbutt? I can't tell from the pics I've seen whether the mouthpiece is free to rotate or no…

  2. I think it's closer to a loose-ring? My bitting experience is sadly quite limited.

    The mouthpiece is technically free to rotate on the ring, but in a practical sense any rotation from rein action means there's pressure applied at poll/nose/chin due to how they're all interconnected. I'll see if I can get a few more pictures today. Anything in particular I can photograph/explain that would make more sense for you?

  3. I'd love to know what the feel is like. I'm used to/fond of bits that you can put the horse on (versus bits that back the horse off) — I feel like I'm looking for something a little different for this purpose but I'm not sure how much my muscle memory is willing to deviate!

  4. Feelings thus far.. ring #1 (least leverage) = feels like she's bracing/resisting, ring #2 = slightly lighter/more responsive than usual*, I felt like I was riding with half the rein pressure of normal while getting similar results.

    *usual is a Myler full-cheek with hooks, same mouthpiece (32-3, triple barrel) as this bit

    If it's still raining/wet Thursday, I'll experiment with both bits and see if there's a noticeable difference between the two on the same day/same sort of ride.