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Old 01-16-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
Rex Easley
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Default Huckleberry's first time in the Two Rein

This is the first time I have put a spade bit in this horse. I put the new bit i just made in him to see how he liked it. He sucked it up, rolled the cricket a couple times, slow chewed it at a stand still for a minute. Once I asked him to move his feet, the mouth got quiet and he went to work. At the end of the ride his mouth was foamy and his jaw was loose. Pretty happy with the bit and the horse.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:41 PM   #2
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He certainly seems relaxed and content. I could do with some of that snow right now, our temps are between 100 and 110F at the moment.

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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Is that a sheep camp trailer in the background? Nice work, it is amazing the difference a well made bit will do. Quality materials help in your communication with the horse. The expression on this horse is really telling.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:47 AM   #4
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Rex, can you please explain why such a high spade is preferable? I'm having a hard time of getting a clear mental picture. As always, the time you take to post your thoughts is very much appreciated by all of us.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:30 PM   #5
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High spades are better for a few reasons. I have found that the bit is much easier to carry all day for a horse, a horse can put his tongue into the braces and stablize the bit a lot better. Also the taller spade has less bite if pulled on. Try it on yourself with a toothpick, put a long one in your mouth and pull down on the tip, then break a little off at a time and repeat the pull. You will feel it bite the shorter it gets.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:34 PM   #6
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The upper Palate is thicker farther back in a horse and less sensative. The closer to the front the thinner it gets until you reach the very thin bones to the nasal cavity. The closer you get to those bones, the more a horse will try to protect himself. This is why I do not care for short spades or any other ported bit.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:50 PM   #7
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I feel the same way. Unless it's bad weather. Then it's any port in a storm.....(groan)
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #8
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OK, that does make sense - thanks
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