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sorry Lyn. a small mistake in the previous question. its rubber bit guards not rubber bit. let me repeat the question with correct wording.

my friend bought a 6 year old dark bay gelding from our local racetrack and kept in his farm. i want to buy a new bit for the horse. since it had a stainless steel D ring bit during his racing career, even i want to use that product along with rubber bit guards even though it doesn't has any cut injuries on its lip corners. may i know your opinion? shall i use rubber bit guards for D ring bit horse?

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Rohit,

I don't know why you want to add something that the horse hasn't needed in the past and shows no signs of rubbing on the corners of his mouth.  Stick with what he's used to and comfortable in.  If you do insist on using rubber guards then remember they decrease the width of the bit by about 1.5 cm due to their thickness so the bit needs to be wider than has been used in the past.  Personally I would stick with what the horse is used to.  

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Lyn Kamer, C.E.S.M.T.

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Training, alternative therapies, saddle fitting problems, behavioral problems, endurance riding, driving, Mustangs

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Horseman of over 50 yrs., certified equine massage therapist, trainer both riding and driving, long distance trail riding and driving. Both endurance and competitive trail riding and driving.

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American Endurance Ride Assn., Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Assn., New Jersey Trail Ride Assn., Aromatherapists International, American Mustang and Burro Assn., United States Trotting Assn., Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org., US Wild Horse and Burro Association

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Trail Blazer magazine, AERC Newsletter, Hoofbeats magazine

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Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Least Resistance Trainer, Certified Aromatherapist

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