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The Best Bit

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As any horse owner will know, choosing the right bit for your horse can be a minefield, especially with there being so much choice available, it’s difficult to know where to start.  
Before you begin, here are some important factors to consider:

Job Role of the horse 

Do you want to compete? If so, it is vital to check an up to date rule book for your chosen discipline, which will list all bits you are permitted to use in competition.

Desired action of the bit 

What are you looking to achieve? There are many types of bits on the market today because they all provide a different action, whether it is lifting the horses head up or down, provide better steering, or to achieve better engagement of the hind quarters and a lighter forehand.

When was the last time you had your horse’s teeth checked by an equine dentist?

Sharp edges can create sores in your horse’s mouth and can be the cause of bit related issues. Once you are aware of your horse’s mouth profile, you will have better idea of what you need so you can start to narrow things down.
We are #1 fans of the Neue Schule range, the collection is made from Salox Gold which is an extremely warm, soft metal. Formulated for high thermal conductivity reaching the horse’s mouth temperature quickly and promoting acceptance. 

 

The Verbindend

The curved mouthpiece helps eradicate tongue evasions by creating a channel for the tongue, promoting self-carriage and lightening the forehand. 
You don’t have to be a dressage diva for your horse to benefit from one of these great bits as they are suitable for lots of different horses.

The Turtle Top Snaffle

 This is one of my favourite mouthpieces. Its incredibly soft and flexible which remains that way the whole time the horse is soft in the hand, but the minute the horse starts resisting the contact or pushing against the lozenge, the bars form into a straight bar, and I like the fact it works as a reward system - as soon as the horse softens back into your hand, the bit softens as well and returns back to its flexible state so that there is a constant reward for the horse softening back to you. 

Top Tip: For Horses with larger tongues, try the Turtle Tactio Snaffle - it works exactly the same way as the turtle top, except it has been specially engineered to accommodate the larger or more sensitive tounge! 

 

The Baucher

This combination of the hanging cheek and lozenge mouthpiece usually helps the rider to achieve and maintain a rounder and more correct outline. If your horse is constantly resisting, strung out or coming above the bit the usual response to the Baucher is a head lowering action and softer feel through the rein. This design often proves beneficial for the over sensitive mouth. Highly recommended where help is needed for straightness and directional control.

 

The Team Up 

Basically an ergonomically modernised French Link! Except it is a much more comfortable mouthpiece that promotes better performance all round. This lozenge is designed to share the tongue contact area with the adjacent loops to give a smoother feel over the tongue. The double joint allows more flexibility ensuring a clearer and more independent rein aid.

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