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Finding the perfect bit for your equine partner, can often be a challenging task.  Call us for assistance and suggestions to finding the right bit and how to properly measure for your bit.

A horse bit is a very important part of riding tack connected to the bridle and rests inside the horse’s mouth. Bits are inserted inside the back of the horse’s mouth that doesn’t contain teeth. The bit should rest comfortably in the horse’s mouth. The importance of the bit reinforces riding cues by applying pressure to the tongue and hard palate and helps control speed and direction.

Types of Bits and Their Purpose

It is important to know the different types of bits (most importantly what the purpose of the bit is) and the parts of the bit that you should consider. If you bit has a shank, what is the length of the shank needed. What size length and width of a mouth piece do you need. The size and shape of the rings play an important part as well as the joints of the bit. Bits are offered offered with no joints,  one joint or single, or two joints or a double jointed mouthpiece. Some bits are illegal for different disciplines, so make sure you know your respective rules before purchasing a bit.

A few of the common types of bits are listed below:

D-Ring Snaffle: As the name suggests, the has fixed D-shaped rings. Because it’s a fixed ring bit, the bit won’t rotate in the mouth, which can comfort your horse.

Loose Ring Snaffle:  are most often used for training purposes. The free-moving rings allow the mouthpiece to move around in the mouth. For horses with soft and responsive mouths, this is a great choice. Many dressage riders prefer this bit, especially the specialized bradoon (also a loose ring). This bit is only used in double bridles.

Eggbutt Snaffle: have fixed rings that are slightly oval. The rings provide consistent contact because of their fixed position. While many horses like the comfort of this horse bit, horses that are heavy in hand are not suitable for this bit, as it will cause discomfort.

Full Cheek Snaffle: The bit is best used for inexperienced horses or horses that don’t respond well to the reins. Full-cheek snaffles put pressure on the sides of the mouth, making it difficult for the horse to escape rein signals.

French Link Snaffle:  bits are double-jointed bits that put gentle pressure on the tongue. These bits are named for the flat piece of metal between the joints. Because of its mild action, this bit is often used with young horses. It is not suitable for horses who pull or are heavy. Now not legal for USDF sanctioned horse shows.


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