Poll

Bitting Decisions

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What type of bit do you use on your horse?
(Choose your most-used)

Standard snaffle
53%
727
Curb bit
12%
170
I ride bitless
18%
250
I do not ride or drive my horses
1%
19
Other (please specify)
15%
208

Total votes cast: 1374

Comments & Write-in Answers

Plain hackamore with fleece-lined noseband

12/10/2012 10:39:26 PM

mylar training level 3 loose shank snaffle type

12/10/2012 10:28:18 PM

Good hands matter more

12/10/2012 10:28:06 PM

Ride bitless but use a french link butterfly for driving

12/10/2012 10:20:28 PM

double articulation Aurigan

12/10/2012 9:30:07 PM

1.french snaffle style with short shanks 2.mylar stage 1 round snaffle

12/10/2012 9:15:40 PM

jr cowhorse

12/10/2012 9:12:36 PM

lozenge link snaffle

12/10/2012 9:11:39 PM

Full cheek snaffle

12/10/2012 8:55:44 PM

snaffle and bitless

12/10/2012 7:48:34 PM

I have put hackamores on ex-race horses , BLM Mustangs and others and have had 100% success,

12/10/2012 7:45:41 PM

Jr Cowhorse

12/10/2012 7:31:06 PM

french link snaffl

12/10/2012 6:25:58 PM

rubber mullen mouth

12/10/2012 6:17:35 PM

reining type bit

12/10/2012 5:54:09 PM

i usedouble jointed snaffle on all my horses no matter the breed

12/10/2012 5:43:53 PM

german 3 piece snaffle

12/10/2012 5:40:36 PM

Mylar level 1

12/10/2012 5:00:44 PM

correction bit

12/10/2012 4:57:32 PM

double jointed snaffles

12/10/2012 4:50:04 PM

French snaffle

12/10/2012 4:48:17 PM

no bridle - halter or nothing

12/10/2012 4:21:51 PM

One mare I ride bitless and and the other two in snaffles, it depends one went well in a kimberwicke

12/10/2012 3:15:08 PM

double bridle

12/10/2012 2:50:20 PM

kimberwick

12/10/2012 1:28:14 PM

Parelli Cradle bit C2

12/10/2012 12:15:07 PM

Hackamore

12/10/2012 10:55:27 AM

Bitless bridle

12/10/2012 10:00:37 AM

fixed cheek offset D snaffle, sweet iron mouth with copper

12/10/2012 9:39:08 AM

double-jointed snaffle

12/10/2012 9:15:40 AM

Mylar

12/9/2012 11:19:09 PM

I ride all my horses bitless, but use snaffles if a bit is necessary.

12/9/2012 10:36:22 PM

bits are uncalled fr and are cruel

12/9/2012 10:15:09 PM

Cork screw snaffle

12/9/2012 7:45:35 PM

french link

12/9/2012 7:15:22 PM

mylar, stage 2-3 bits mostly

12/9/2012 5:25:03 PM

I drive in a standard mullin mouth bit.

12/9/2012 3:28:21 PM

Happy mouth rubber bit

12/9/2012 3:27:49 PM

slow twist snaffle

12/9/2012 3:25:35 PM

snaffle and snaffle with shanks

12/9/2012 3:08:31 PM

hackamore

12/9/2012 3:03:06 PM

French link full cheek snaffle

12/9/2012 2:47:40 PM

Egg Butt

12/9/2012 2:02:08 PM

KK loose ring snaffle

12/9/2012 7:32:47 AM

Highly recommend Dr. Cook bitless bridle

12/8/2012 7:56:12 PM

tomsthumb

12/8/2012 7:31:30 PM

if people had compassion instead of ignorance,everybody would ride bitless, once you try it you will

12/8/2012 1:17:04 PM

Am switching from curb bits to snaffles

12/8/2012 12:39:06 PM

myeler

12/8/2012 11:24:42 AM

Correction

12/8/2012 11:16:17 AM

I am preparing to go bitless.

12/8/2012 1:14:52 AM

rubber covered

12/8/2012 12:14:14 AM

Myler bits or in a halter

12/7/2012 11:51:40 PM

Pee Wee Bit

12/7/2012 10:30:51 PM

loose ring, KK snaffle

12/7/2012 9:02:42 PM

walking horse bit

12/7/2012 7:33:02 PM

She's in training and I start out with a hackamore, then Robart or Imus trng snaffle

12/7/2012 7:07:35 PM

low port grazer

12/7/2012 6:52:54 PM

French link snaffle made of German silver.

12/7/2012 4:51:24 PM

hanging cheek jp snaffe

12/7/2012 4:39:10 PM

Level 2 Myler comfort snaffle

12/7/2012 2:54:02 PM

Square Snaffle

12/7/2012 2:31:39 PM

i use a hackamore on my walkaloosa

12/7/2012 1:38:32 PM

gag

12/7/2012 1:06:48 PM

straight bar Happy Mouth

12/7/2012 1:05:10 PM

full bridle, snaffle and curb!

12/7/2012 1:03:27 PM

always snaffles

12/7/2012 12:30:05 PM

pelham

12/7/2012 11:56:07 AM

a three link snaffle is nicer, and so are short shank hackamores

12/7/2012 11:41:58 AM

The rubberized Nathe with cable core.

12/7/2012 11:17:06 AM

Dee single jointed snaffle AND an english hackamore

12/7/2012 10:23:33 AM

it depends on the day sometimes i ride bitless other times i don't

12/7/2012 10:08:57 AM

pelham for fox hunting or cross country work

12/7/2012 9:30:02 AM

French link

12/7/2012 9:23:38 AM

Wilky Snaffle

12/7/2012 8:09:50 AM

Hackney

12/7/2012 1:55:03 AM

I ride mostly younger horses, but will go with a bitless bridle if needed.

12/7/2012 12:31:13 AM

Fulmer Snaffle

12/6/2012 10:56:41 PM

snaffle

12/6/2012 10:55:48 PM

short shank with tounge relief, borken with barrel in middle.

12/6/2012 10:52:23 PM

double bridle

12/6/2012 9:22:31 PM

3 PIECE HALF-MOON

12/6/2012 9:12:38 PM

Bitless for casual riding, snaffle for higher-stress situations.

12/6/2012 8:24:07 PM

loose ring bradoon and weymouth (double bridle)

12/6/2012 7:58:23 PM

elevator bit

12/6/2012 7:48:26 PM

Long shanked straight bit

12/6/2012 7:46:49 PM

Dogbone Snaffle

12/6/2012 7:41:51 PM

I like a copper roller bit for young horses when I am training.

12/6/2012 7:41:48 PM

Broken bit with roller and shanks

12/6/2012 7:38:22 PM

It depends on if I'm training, showing or trail riding. It varies!

12/6/2012 7:28:51 PM

KK Ultra double jointed loose ring snaffle

12/6/2012 7:17:56 PM

Correction bit for Western. Snaffle for English.

12/6/2012 7:04:05 PM

hackamore

12/6/2012 6:43:29 PM

Mylar bit with hooks

12/6/2012 6:39:26 PM

Bits can be mean and cruel especially when used to "correct" bad behavior!!

12/6/2012 6:10:48 PM

not 'standard' nutcracker snaffle, use a 3 piece snaffle that fits the jaw better!!

12/6/2012 4:30:08 PM

I switch between a regular snaffle and a slow twist. He sometimes bolts.

12/6/2012 4:15:24 PM

copper roller mouth full cheek

12/6/2012 1:11:20 PM

swiching to bitless with my stallion; young horse will be started bitless

12/6/2012 12:45:20 PM

Summer with a snaffle; winter with a hackamore

12/6/2012 12:29:41 PM

Pee Wee

12/6/2012 12:12:56 PM

tom thumb(western) kimberwick(english)

12/6/2012 10:50:10 AM

Myler comfort snaffle

12/6/2012 10:49:51 AM

Noramlly snaffle, but pelham/curb for cross-country or fox hunting.

12/6/2012 10:21:16 AM

Why won't show rules allow a horse to go bitless? It sure is better for the horses!!

12/6/2012 10:15:07 AM

I use a snaffle for dressage, show jumping, and a gag for cross-country--strong horse!

12/6/2012 9:53:09 AM

NO bit...I use a "side pull."

12/6/2012 9:12:57 AM

Copper roller D-ring

12/6/2012 9:07:26 AM

french mouth snaffle

12/6/2012 8:35:35 AM

Twisted snaffle

12/6/2012 7:24:10 AM

Tom Thumb

12/6/2012 7:08:40 AM

Tom Thumb Gag with Copper Rollers

12/6/2012 6:24:26 AM

parelli rope halter

12/6/2012 12:52:45 AM

curved snaffle with small port

12/6/2012 12:29:37 AM

I use a "Tom Thumb" bit

12/5/2012 11:31:07 PM

modified snaffles one with rollers and copper another with an egg butt and longer bars

12/5/2012 11:26:01 PM

Walking Horse Bit

12/5/2012 11:04:33 PM

I find that even hard mouthed horses respond favorably to a double jointed snaffle

12/5/2012 10:53:20 PM

I always ride my Arabian-Saddlebred mare with a rope halter and she is very responsive.

12/5/2012 10:46:53 PM

spoon

12/5/2012 9:35:51 PM

I ride with and without a bit (snaffle)

12/5/2012 9:35:02 PM

tom thumb

12/5/2012 8:50:54 PM

Hackamore

12/5/2012 8:32:30 PM

myler eggbut level one

12/5/2012 8:18:30 PM

light western port short shanks

12/5/2012 8:15:00 PM

french link

12/5/2012 7:58:50 PM

I ride with a natural hakamore

12/5/2012 7:55:51 PM

they work best for Clinton Anderson's reins & style of training/riding

12/5/2012 7:55:25 PM

Myler comfort snaffle with low port

12/5/2012 7:46:37 PM

Depends on the horse - 3 horses: straight bar pelham, bosal and french link snaffle

12/5/2012 7:00:27 PM

double-jointed snaffle

12/5/2012 6:52:54 PM

Usually in the pasture I just use a halter.

12/5/2012 6:50:54 PM

Mylar bits are awesome - they swivel at the cheeks as well as the mouth pieces that I use

12/5/2012 5:52:44 PM

use a rope hackamore in the winter

12/5/2012 5:50:33 PM

Liverpool driving bit

12/5/2012 5:50:28 PM

Rockin S Snaffle

12/5/2012 5:46:44 PM

actually it's a floating eggbutt snaffle very kind to corners of her mouth and surrounding skin.

12/5/2012 5:46:02 PM

Tom Thumb

12/5/2012 5:16:46 PM

Double bridle with curb and bradoon for dressage.

12/5/2012 4:56:59 PM

Less is more as far as I am concerned.

12/5/2012 4:42:44 PM

Sometimes a low correction port

12/5/2012 4:28:22 PM

Rocking S snaffle

12/5/2012 4:19:43 PM

Gag Bit

12/5/2012 4:14:56 PM

I wish I had horses!

12/5/2012 3:45:41 PM

loose ring French mouth

12/5/2012 2:31:48 PM

Myler combo! Best bit I've

12/5/2012 2:23:23 PM

walking horse with curb chain

12/5/2012 2:16:37 PM

Eggbutt snaffle w/apple flavored plastic coating

12/5/2012 2:10:08 PM

Happy bits 3 parts to the bit. Or no bit at all.

12/5/2012 2:08:38 PM

I ride bridleless

12/5/2012 2:02:01 PM

depends on the horse, I ride 1 in a kimberwick, 1 in a driving bit, 1 in a tom thumb

12/5/2012 1:48:25 PM

I compete in dressage so bits are very closely regulated for competition

12/5/2012 1:14:56 PM

sometimes an aluminum one for show

12/5/2012 12:38:14 PM

We team pen and ranch sort so always use snaffles.

12/5/2012 12:35:16 PM

3 pc french link

12/5/2012 12:31:10 PM

French snaffle

12/5/2012 12:23:19 PM

kk ultra french link

12/5/2012 12:10:41 PM

Mylar comfort snaffle

12/5/2012 11:50:35 AM

combination snaffle

12/5/2012 11:36:37 AM

french link

12/5/2012 11:36:26 AM

Usually a double jointed snaffle, such as french link, or Dr Bristol.Also use a 1/2" heavy chain

12/5/2012 11:28:39 AM

I drive and use a Glory Bit.

12/5/2012 11:18:54 AM

We use a bitless bridle.

12/5/2012 11:14:01 AM

med port curb for horse, walking horse & liverpool for mule & 1/2 cheek snaffle for mini donk

12/5/2012 11:06:26 AM

low port training curb

12/5/2012 10:58:57 AM

Tender Touch

12/5/2012 10:57:51 AM

Rubber D-Ring Snaffle

12/5/2012 10:53:39 AM

snaffle with a center lozenge

12/5/2012 10:48:51 AM

french link

12/5/2012 10:17:59 AM

french link

12/5/2012 10:16:15 AM

usually egg butt, occasionally D-ring on OTTB. Driving Snaffle + straight overcheck

12/5/2012 10:10:28 AM

Eggbut rings, copper mouthpiece

12/5/2012 9:40:59 AM

rubber coated pelham

12/5/2012 9:26:44 AM

I use a curb on one horse and a shanked snaffle on the other one

12/5/2012 9:15:47 AM

Only use curb on 2 horses, one horse in traditional hackamore

12/5/2012 9:10:57 AM

loose-ring

12/5/2012 9:09:15 AM

Mildest snaffle I can find, horses respond to other cues

12/5/2012 8:48:46 AM

Elevator

12/5/2012 8:40:22 AM

full cheek french snaffle

12/5/2012 8:37:44 AM

Oval Link Snaffle

12/5/2012 8:03:04 AM

Only snaffles are permitted in rated Miniature horse driving classes

12/5/2012 8:02:58 AM

Snaffle or bitless.

12/5/2012 7:58:52 AM

Dr Cook's bitless bridle is all we need.

12/5/2012 7:49:08 AM

Little Wonder w/ copper snaffle

12/5/2012 7:28:01 AM

double-jointed French link-it's mild, lies nicely in the mouth & most horses like it

12/5/2012 7:15:04 AM

Low port with copper roller

12/5/2012 7:04:15 AM

The Neue Schule Tranz Angled Lozenge Universal Horse Bit

12/5/2012 7:03:59 AM

3-ring Passoa gag

12/5/2012 6:43:53 AM

Bosal

12/5/2012 5:31:16 AM

Double jointed snaffle - French link

12/5/2012 4:24:37 AM

French snaffle

12/5/2012 3:41:00 AM

myler 04 comfort snaffle

12/5/2012 3:33:12 AM

Myler snaffle on all our hunter jumpers

12/5/2012 2:45:01 AM

I think riding with a bit is cruel and completely unnecessary.

12/5/2012 2:29:01 AM

French link or snaffle with lozenge middle

12/5/2012 2:04:58 AM

Myler comfort snaffle

12/5/2012 1:47:04 AM

Stubben golden wings double-jointed snaffle, loosering

12/5/2012 1:20:46 AM

French Link Snaffle

12/5/2012 12:20:08 AM

with moving/rotating sides for gaited horses

12/5/2012 12:01:42 AM

french snaffle

12/4/2012 11:31:55 PM

I went bitless in 1969 because my horse(s) went more quietly.

12/4/2012 11:04:39 PM

Loose ring french link

12/4/2012 11:00:06 PM

Ported snaffle called a Pretzel

12/4/2012 10:12:21 PM

Double jointed snaffle!

12/4/2012 10:02:30 PM

a twisted wire snaffle

12/4/2012 10:00:18 PM

mechanical hackamore

12/4/2012 9:54:06 PM

French link snaffle bit

12/4/2012 9:44:53 PM

D ring snaffel with losenge link

12/4/2012 9:42:06 PM

I am often asked how could I possibly ride my horse without a bit? I love it!!

12/4/2012 9:39:06 PM

I use a Rockin'' S snaffle with a three piece hinged port

12/4/2012 9:27:15 PM

Loose ring HS KK Ultra.

12/4/2012 9:21:38 PM

I use a slow twist full cheek on my hanoverian gelding

12/4/2012 9:03:20 PM

Myler curved snaffle

12/4/2012 8:58:52 PM

double twisted wire snaffle

12/4/2012 8:54:17 PM

three piece snaffle

12/4/2012 8:20:41 PM

jr cow bit

12/4/2012 8:17:24 PM

Double bridle

12/4/2012 8:15:40 PM

All are in Myler bits, and always will be.

12/4/2012 8:10:33 PM

I use a Baucher for dressage work and a Waterford on the trail.

12/4/2012 8:08:36 PM

correction bit

12/4/2012 8:04:43 PM

KK loose ring

12/4/2012 7:56:09 PM

full cheek eggbutt JP Korsteel

12/4/2012 7:52:58 PM

myler comfort snaffle 3piece

12/4/2012 7:34:19 PM

Myler combination

12/4/2012 7:29:14 PM

kimberwick

12/4/2012 7:22:11 PM

Bosal and hackamore

12/4/2012 7:21:23 PM

mullen

12/4/2012 7:19:54 PM

I use the jointed snaffle- 3 part

12/4/2012 7:17:43 PM

Rocking S Raised Snaffle for horses with a low palate

12/4/2012 7:15:53 PM

Copper half moon

12/4/2012 7:13:09 PM

mylar snaffle

12/4/2012 7:08:03 PM

dog bone snaffle bit.

12/4/2012 6:55:37 PM

french link snaffle

12/4/2012 6:49:14 PM

Since I generally drive my drafts, I use a Liverpool, or a mullen mouth, driving bit

12/4/2012 6:47:06 PM

D-Ring Snaffle with Copper Rollers

12/4/2012 6:46:25 PM

Loose ring snaffle with a large oval bean in the middlegg

12/4/2012 6:30:51 PM

French Link Snaffle [peanut in center] sometimes standard snaffle more direct for smidge ex pressure

12/4/2012 6:26:36 PM

twisted dog bone snaffle

12/4/2012 6:17:06 PM

french link eggbutt

12/4/2012 6:10:25 PM

french link loose ring

12/4/2012 6:08:03 PM

i use a curb roller bit & a shanked snaffle with copper rollets.

12/4/2012 6:06:13 PM

I use both a standard snaffle and a bosal.

12/4/2012 6:04:31 PM

My horses love going bitless they respond better to the bridle aides without a bit

12/4/2012 6:01:23 PM

mullen mouth pelham

12/4/2012 6:01:14 PM

I use a medium shank gaited horse snaffle.I ride with very light hands. I use a hackamore

12/4/2012 5:58:21 PM

snaffle progressing to bosal & full bridle is the goal

12/4/2012 5:56:33 PM

depends on the activity

12/4/2012 5:52:39 PM

Milkman training bit

12/4/2012 5:52:01 PM

i ride bitless or bridleless as allowed

12/4/2012 5:51:15 PM

Use the least harsh bit you can! Working towards going bitless but that's scary on the trail.

12/4/2012 5:49:59 PM

I let the horse choose the way to best communicate. Different horses like difference ways.

12/4/2012 5:48:23 PM

Rubber snaffle to train then a French snaffle

12/4/2012 5:44:42 PM

gaited portmouth with shank

12/4/2012 5:44:24 PM

A side pull hackamore gives me full control and a happy horse.

12/4/2012 5:43:56 PM

use a bosel

12/4/2012 5:40:53 PM

I use a Light Rider Bitless from Australia--fabulous performance and happy happy horse. Try one.

12/4/2012 5:38:52 PM

eggbut snaffle but also do trail rides in a rope halter or leather headcollar

12/4/2012 5:32:25 PM

D-ring snaffle on my Clydesdales!

12/4/2012 5:31:46 PM

Myler comfort snaffle- customizable, extra joints, touge relief, independent sides. THE BEST!

12/4/2012 5:29:29 PM

D ring snaffle, copper mouth.

12/4/2012 5:29:08 PM

d ring snaffle & tom thumb short shank

12/4/2012 5:28:39 PM

The bitless bridle seems to suit him fine and so far good results.

12/4/2012 5:25:24 PM

KK snaffle

12/4/2012 5:24:25 PM

This is only because she was originally trained on it, and nothing else seems to work

12/4/2012 5:19:35 PM

egg butt rubber snaffle

12/4/2012 5:15:01 PM

I use a Dr Cook bitless bridle

12/4/2012 5:14:46 PM

Rope halters

12/4/2012 5:09:59 PM

Curved mouthpiece lozenge snaffle

12/4/2012 5:09:26 PM

French link snaffle

12/4/2012 4:56:29 PM

I have 7 horses and all but 3 have been trained but less and I find my horses happier!

12/4/2012 4:53:26 PM

Mikmar

12/4/2012 4:51:58 PM

although I often ride bitless

12/4/2012 4:45:54 PM

I USE A MECHANICAL HACKMORE

12/4/2012 4:35:41 PM

I use a variety of snaffles, gags & hacks depending on the horse and activity

12/4/2012 4:34:05 PM

I use a copper mouthpiece d-ring snaffle.

12/4/2012 4:32:30 PM

Wonderbit

12/4/2012 4:22:26 PM

Full cheek snaffle on all my barrel racers! In the money everytime!!

12/4/2012 4:21:40 PM

snaffle on another horse

12/4/2012 4:15:42 PM

loose ring snaffle

12/4/2012 3:47:15 PM

Myler comfort barrel bit

12/4/2012 3:29:23 PM

Using an egg butt right now

12/4/2012 1:55:55 PM

broken snaffle

12/4/2012 1:09:16 PM

Bit is there, use other signals to direct him.

12/4/2012 1:02:54 PM

I use a mullen bit

12/4/2012 12:41:59 PM

French snaffle

12/4/2012 11:05:40 AM

Mylar Comfort Snaffle

12/4/2012 10:27:12 AM

Both hubby & I ride our teenaged trail horses in snaffles, no need to go "bigger".this is all we do.

12/4/2012 9:54:57 AM

various different bits or Blair pattern bitless depending on what my horses like

12/4/2012 9:49:27 AM

double twisted full cheek snaffle

12/4/2012 9:46:03 AM