I use a baucher bit on my very sensitive horse. After a lot of trial and error, this has been the bit he’s happiest in. I haven’t shown since Dec 2022 because of some horse and human injuries. So, I didn’t realize until now that as of Jan 2023 there were new USDF regulations around bauchers:
D**R121.2.a.6: the upper cheek of a hanging cheek (Boucher) snaffle (measured from the top of the mouthpiece to the top of the upper cheek) may not exceed 5 cm.
Measured this way, nearly every available baucher on the market exceeds 5cm when measured this way. Mine is 7cm and online others have shared photos of their bauchers also exceeding 5cm. Some have suggested the bomber pony bits have a version that is 5cm, though I haven’t seen photos confirming this. My horse also doesn’t do well with sweet iron bits.
I’ve sent an email to USDF asking them to reconsider the rule. But in the meantime, I probably need to start trying to see if I can find another bit that works. So, two questions for the hive mind:
can you think of any other baucher bits that would be under 5cm?
those of you that have transitioned your baucher loving horses to another bit–what did you find was successful? there are SO MANY bits out there, that I’d love to narrow down my set of options of try