View Full Version : Half cheek driving bit
03-16-2010, 02:11 PM
I have a 1/2 Arab Hunter/NSH that seems to really like this 1/2 cheek driving bit I have been working him in at home with his martingale. When I took him out of the martingale the other day he set his head really nice with the bit but it looks silly to try and show in it It is pretty small in diameter so I am wondering is it because of the diameter of the bit or the 1/2 cheek part that might be making him set his head better? What do you think?
03-16-2010, 02:42 PM
Can you find an identical mouthpiece in a full cheek? If it's anything to do with the half cheek, it is likely the fact that it is fixed on the ring (as opposed to egg butt or loose ring etc.) But it's likely just the balance and fit of that particular mouthpiece.
03-16-2010, 08:57 PM
That is what I was thinking was going the full check route. I don't know if I can find one that is as small in diameter however.
03-22-2010, 09:19 AM
I'm assuming you are showing as a single horse. Don't worry about. Nearly all pleasure driving and fine harness horses are show in half cheek bits.
If this is for carriage driving or CDE, it is fine too as long as it is not twisted wire.
03-24-2010, 11:21 AM
No this is in a Hunter class.
03-24-2010, 11:59 AM
The half cheek part most likely has nothing to do with the head set. It's more likely the mouthpiece and how you're riding.
Be careful fitting a full cheek bit - they can gouge the horse. Personally I won't use them, even with keepers. I would try to find a D ring instead.
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