I personally always used to have a pretty limited bit collection. Then Houston came along and before I knew it I had a massive ever growing connection… that I naturally sold off when I stopped riding. With Annie and how fussy she gets I have done lots of experimenting with bits but usually nothing too complex. She was going in a Myler snaffle for all 3 phases at horse trials until I decided to give my friends copper roller full cheek a go at the last horse show. Annie went so well in it that I am contemplating buying one of my own in a fulmer version.Some other staples that I have in my tool box are below. Some bits I have just because (like the mikmar) and others I actually use on a fairly regular basis. Where possible I like to buy the “just to have” bits used. Sometimes that isn’t possible though.
Gags:Pelhams: Hackamores:For instance… the trainer that rides my BO’s stallion has this really cool “fake gage” bit that is a loose ring but has hooks similar to Myler bits. I was able to get Shelley to check out a shop local to her to see if they carried a bit like it and sure enough they do. Give the associated price of the “Bombers” name I am strongly considering seeing if I can get someone to make it for me with a slightly different mouthpiece.