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It doesn't fit the way a typical bit does which is why you can use it on different sized horses. It is gently rounded at the corners rather than straight on into the port. Speaking of the port, it is extremely gentle and I love the fact it has room for the horse's tongue rather than holding it down. We use if for both Western and English applications.

If you choose to buy one an ddon't like it, I'll buy it from you!

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We need another. Just my experience. Many, many wonderful bits I would like to try, but nothing over 5" for the most part. Except for some pelhams, broken only in the middle. I use mostly a 3 part snaffle with the fat lozenger middle but would like to advance to the curb action in some of my horses.

Have you used the snaffle Imus also or just the one with shanks?

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I would think the shanks would work for all horses, just use the snaffle rein for initial training. Yup, I've got a box, and a drawer full of assorted bits. Lots of those worthless Tom Thumb "snaffles" However, for training my new walker, I did just clip the reins to the top loops for a direct pull action. I recently moved the reins down to the lower position and he is doing well with that now as well.

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My daughter even using the shanked bit for saddle seat on her arab - just uses reins on both positions. The bit will not fit tightly against the lips on the side - it's not supposed to - but sometimes it takes a bit of getting used to on the part of what we are used to. But my horses seem to love it. My offer still stands about buying the bit from you if you don't like it! Some will refuse to read it and if you get an editor coming through on a really bad day maybe even deleted.

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So for best results always use proper punctuation and capitalization. We have 3 Imus bits and are now using it on not only 2 walking horses, but also on my husbands running quarter horse. She responded to it immediately, has become lighter and more responsive to subtle cues. This bit works, works better than any bit we have ever tried. It not only provides a lot of tongue relief, but the rolling action the horse feels initially from a very light first 'ask' is usually all that's required.

I find it works best with the reins in the bottom slot giving the bit some leverage for more trained horses, but on a young horse it works best with the reins in the snaffle position. The bit helps the horse move into the bit, encourages a nice bend at the poll allowing the horse to travel in good collection, thus a better and more rounded top line, more hind end reach, therefore better gait.

I think that though Brenda Imus didn't 'discover' this bit entirely, it was rather taken from a previously designed very nice Robart bit, but was just tweaked a little. Check out the walking horse bit at the bottom of this page on the Robart site Unfortunately, the website keeps coming up with an error report The Imus is on B. I'll report back after trying it. But, the bit works well for many other breeds. A well balanced bit is a well balanced bit!

Her website is www. OK everyone To the horse they have become more responsive, softer, and rounded out to a smoother gait and natural head carriage that promotes gaiting. No more head tossing, resistence to bridling, agitation etc. In fact they all slobber when ridden with relaxed lower lips sometimes bobbing against the top lip. I cannot, with words, adequately state the difference in contact, gait and carriage that this system has delivered to my horses. I guess I feel the I can do more subtle communication with the reins going to a bit, than not.

Just my opinion, which of course could change if I actually rode a horse in a bitless bridle. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Imus bit now! Equine & Horse Advice: Imus Bit

Now, if this stormy weather would go away so I could do something outside I am a little perturbed to say the least. BTW, I do have a regular walking horse bit from when we had a TW mare, and it is the closest to a bit that he is o. Thanks gals, I will try to simmer down now. Of course it's Saturday, and no one answers the phone at Gaits of Gold. I'd love to try the bit if I could figure out how to wrap it and keep it new.

For general riding I ride my MFTs with or without a bit, I use a rope halter with the lead rope tied back into the halter or a bosal. Why use a bitless bridle when a bosal has worked great for hundreds of years? Don't have any gaited horses, don't show, don't care about looks or style or rules.

Prefer one that takes 4 reins. Like to do arena work off the snaffle rein, go out on the trails with the curb rein. Refine with the curb action. Don't know what the problem is with tack makers: Bits come 5" standard. I've got bridles with the throat latch that is too short to hook, and curb chains that hang to the horses knees! Don't think you were directly addressing me about the bitless, and I have a bosal myself, just not a nice one and don't care for it. I am drinking "calming tea", still perturbed over this bit! I can't say that I actually took a tape measure out and measured my horse's mouths as I have never had any problems with the bit fitting any of them.

And for some reason, I thought you were worried about it being too big Do call them and I would like to know the answer to your question myself. They are usually very happy to help. On the other hand, go ahead and try it as my offer to buy it from you at the price you paid - including shipping - still stands. I need another one anyway. I don't care at all if it's a bit slobbery I am sorry if I steered you in the wrong direction, but I have been nothing but happy with the bit.

You didn't steer me in the wrong direction; the wording on the website is what did. I did email them and asked about sizing and how it would fit different sized mouths and the reply was like the website description. She said that idealy it should extend past the corners of the mouth, but o. Well, heck, neither do any of my other bits "pinch" At least that's Cody's opinion. Of course, maybe I'll take a chance, try it on him, and he'll love it. I'll sleep on it. I guess the big warmbloods don't have 5" mouths either.

You do have to convert inches to mm but the bit is awesome and the horses like the metal a lot. Just be prepared with the checkbook, they don't come cheap IMHO starting a horse and never teaching it about bit is grossly unfair to the horse, unless you are absolutely positive you'll never ever, ever, ever did I say ever? And really who here knows what will happen 10, 15 years from now?

If you know that then do what you like, but someone down the road will assume an older horse knows and then there'll be a train wreck. Another point, all my MFT that I've started are like Ilona describes, soft, slobbering and resistance free One sounds like he's popping bubble gum his lower lip flops soo much his ears flop also in the trot. How they're started is much more important than what equipment is used.

Take a Tom Thumb bit for example, a terrible bit design but, with exceptionally good hands a horse can be trained with it. In most hands though it's a dreadful weapon and should be banned from existence. I usually ride in a simple snaffle unless I'm showing and need to use a shanked big for western classes.