Which Bit Is Right For Me?

Which Bit Is Right For Me?

Which Bit Is Right For Me?

Bit Mouthpieces And Rings Explained - Common Understanding Of Bit Functions

Have you noticed that you can ask two equine experts the same bit question and get two very different answers? There are many different schools of thought in the equine world. One is not necessarily more right than another, however there are a few common understandings that have emerged. We have compiled the following information to help guide in your unique bit decisions. It is also strongly encouraged to speak with someone that understands your riding style and horse (trainer, fellow rider, etc) for additional personal feedback on your bit needs. Purchasing a high quality bit requires the best educated decision possible; as it is an investment that will often last a lifetime. Our trial bit service is offered to those that would like to try a mouthpiece before purchasing, to ensure they are comfortable with the function in relation to their riding style. Because information is dynamic, we encourage you to share your experience and thoughts in the comment form below.

 House Snaffle Mouthpiece: Noticeable mullen for wraparound pressure on the bars and increased tongue relief.

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 Balanced Snaffle Mouthpiece: The only snaffle that puts perfectly balanced pressure on both bars without one side being higher than the other. Eliminates the scissoring action of a snaffle.

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Slick 50 Mouthpiece: This ingenious design gives the independent lateral control of the Hinged Port, but breaks in the middle (roller) like a balanced snaffle. It causes a horse to bend in the ribs while keeping the shoulder and the head in the correct position. Perfect for younger or light-mouthed horses and is a good transition from a snaffle.

 

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Dr. Tom Mouthpiece: A Bristol type bit, with a three piece mouth that gives wraparound pressure on the bars and spreads pressure across the tongue. A nice transition bit from a snaffle to a shank.

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Three 'N One Mouthpiece: Copper rollers spread across tongue to promote leverage on the bars and tongue pressure. Copper rings are good for nervous horses.

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Twisted Witch Mouthpiece: A more severe mouthpiece ideal for tuning or intermittent training. Used alternately it softens the mouth making the horse more responsive to their regular bit.

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Billy Allen Mouthpiece: Independent lateral control for great lift and tongue pressure for responsive stops. The limited travel keeps the snaffle from excess pressure on the outside bars. Popular with cutters, reiners, and team penners.

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Double Cross Mouthpiece: Many trainers favor this bit over a snaffle for young horses. Unique design restricts the horse from getting its tongue over the mouthpiece. A mild bit that gives remarkable control while keeping the head down. Easily accepted by the majority of horses.

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Hinge Port Mouthpiece: Independent lateral control gives improved results in lifting a shoulder and positioning the horse. Endorsed by the worlds top ropers.

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Correction Mouthpiece: Good transition from a long shank snaffle to a port. Collection and feel, flex and control.

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Pro-Roller Correction Mouthpiece: Unique ballhinge design that's perfectly balanced. Promotes correct head carriage and super rear end collection. Amazing feel with no dead spot. Designed with, built for, and endorsed by America's leading trainers.

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Equalizer Mouthpiece: Flat concave port with comfortable copper rollers offer a gentle delay before making contact. A bit with a lot of feel and rate. Recommended for use on a finished horse.

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 Sweetwater Mouthpiece: Allows tongue relief yet maintains pressure for correct head set and body positioning. Easily accepted by most horses.

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Medium Port Mouthpiece: Slight port offers tongue relief without interfering with the roof of the mouth. Upright body positioning and moderate control.

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High Port Mouthpiece: An old favorite of ropers. Also popular with Western Pleasure for promoting upright body position, collection, and correct head carriage.

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Square Port Mouthpiece: Good tongue relief and pressure on the bars. With a roller it is good for fidgety or nervous horse.

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D-Ring Snaffle: (Also referred to as the "don Dodge Snaffle") The perfect bit for fine-tuning intermediate training. Fixed offset rings give light pressure on the bars and lips. A solid choice for developing lateral movement.

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Loose Ring Snaffle: The favorite for starting colts. The heavier weight makes horses pick it up and hold it. Loose rings promote movement to increase salivation. Guaranteed not to pinch.

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Ball Hinge Ring Snaffle: The unique hinge system and stationary ring offer maximum function and will eliminate severe response from pinching or binding. A well-balanced, all around bit.

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Egg Butt Snaffle: Hinges at the butt of the bar with a restrained mouthpiece for lateral stability. This bit is small, lightweight, and perfect for the young horse with a sensitive mouth.

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Full Cheek Snaffle: A favorite choice for putting the final polish on a developing horse. It won't pull through and gives light, easy steering. This stylish bit is a good choice for crossover riders, delivering a traditional "hunter" look.

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  We look forward to your thoughts!
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