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CowgirlLindz
Reg. Jul 2011
Posted 2018-09-28 11:00 AM (#7409131)
Subject: Step up out of snaffles....


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Just wondering what you guys use moving from a snaffle. I'm not one to use bits as problem solvers but I would like a little more lift from the shoulder going into my left turns during a run....And a little more whoa for end pole turns and first barrel. We can get a little adrenaline high.

I currently ride and run in a french link snaffle. We run 1D barrels and poles but are inconsistent we either rock it or flop it lol

Thanks!
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luvropin
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2018-09-28 11:08 AM (#7409133 - in reply to #7409131)
Subject: RE: Step up out of snaffles....



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I personally go to a Carol Goosetree simplicity. I have all 3 mouth pieces and try each on the colt to see which works best. The gag action mimics the feel of a snaffle while giving them the first feel of a curb chain. I used to go straight to a Tom Thumb or short shanked snaffle but have had a couple really light mouthed 3/4 year olds that liked the simplicity better. One is now 10 and I rope on her with a chain mouth simplicity.
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JLazyT_perf_horses
Reg. Dec 2010
Posted 2018-09-28 11:12 AM (#7409135 - in reply to #7409131)
Subject: RE: Step up out of snaffles....



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I went from a snaffle to a six bit for daily riding, but mine still rides just as well in a snaffle. I run in either a tender touch or a 3x3 by Reinsman. But these are just what works best for my horse, I went through probably 20 trying to find the right setup on him. There's one from L&W that I liked a lot, but lost it or it was stolen. It was one of the lift bits, around 5" with maybe an inch of gag & dogbone mouth. I haven't ordered another one at this point. My advice is to pick your top 5 of what's recommended or what you think may work and start trying one at a time. It's fairly easy to sell them if they don't work. All the one's I bought I sold again, except 2 and got within $10 of what I paid. Or you can often find someone you know with one who might let you borrow it.
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FLITASTIC
Reg. Jun 2012
Posted 2018-09-28 11:17 AM (#7409136 - in reply to #7409131)
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Sweet 6 or simplicity.
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AshleyJ2911
Reg. Jun 2015
Posted 2018-09-28 11:57 AM (#7409144 - in reply to #7409131)
Subject: RE: Step up out of snaffles....



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I'm really likening a go around on my young horses and seasoned horses .... but its all in hands as to what works in my opinion... I ride very light handed and ask for a little lift
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WrapN3MN
Reg. Mar 2008
Posted 2018-09-28 1:25 PM (#7409155 - in reply to #7409131)
Subject: RE: Step up out of snaffles....





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Kathy James or Simplicity
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Keira Lappe
Reg. Oct 2018
Posted 2018-10-11 8:24 AM (#7410199 - in reply to #7409131)
Subject: RE: Step up out of snaffles....


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Junior Cowhorse!
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FlyingJT
Reg. Jan 2014
Posted 2018-10-11 11:35 AM (#7410243 - in reply to #7409131)
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Molly Powell's 3 Piece Dog Bone(not the one with gag action), it's a really nice transition bit.
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Rough-up cowgirl
Reg. Aug 2005
Posted 2018-10-12 8:55 AM (#7410323 - in reply to #7409131)
Subject: RE: Step up out of snaffles....



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sweet six then up to a goosetree delight bit. Might use a simplicity inbetween the 2 if I need but that is my usual progression 
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RHRanch
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2018-10-19 8:04 AM (#7410994 - in reply to #7409131)
Subject: RE: Step up out of snaffles....



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Herbie
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2018-10-19 9:04 AM (#7411005 - in reply to #7409131)
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I have a couple short shank Ed Wrights that I have used in the past to go to from a snaffle.  I'm about to list them on FB this weekend as I don't need them anymore.   
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Kay-DRacing.
Reg. Jun 2009
Posted 2018-10-19 9:23 AM (#7411010 - in reply to #7409131)
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While I LOVE a sweet 6, my favorite step up bit is the Dutton Old Cowby bit with a chain mouth piece. I was amazed at how much the young ones love it!! Feels so balanced and they respond so well to it. 
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albertacowgirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-10-25 7:59 AM (#7411600 - in reply to #7409131)
Subject: RE: Step up out of snaffles....



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This is a great article about stepping out of a snaffle.
http://acowgirlandherhorse.com/steppingupfromasnafflebit/
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