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FRENCH LINK HAnGING CHEEK

The hanging cheek french link snaffle is also referred to as a half cheek or filet baucher snaffle bit. The cheek of a hanging cheek bit is similar to the top section of a pelham, and exerts a little poll pressure which can help reluctant horses to break at the poll and flex more readily. One of the 'stronger' dressage legal bits, the Filet baucher french mouth snaffle conforms to the shape of the horses mouth more naturally than a jointed bit, eliminating the nutcracker action. An ideal bit to use in a dressage test for horses used to being ridden in a pelham or continental bit.

Hanging Cheek French Link Snaffle

features:

Hanging cheek applies a little poll pressure when the rein aid is applied.

French link lays across the horses tongue and bars, eliminating the nutcracker action.

Can be used in dressage competitions

Bit strength: fairly mild

JOINTED HANGING CHEEK

The cheek of a hanging cheek bit is similar to the top section of a pelham, and exerts a little poll pressure which can help reluctant horses to break at the poll and flex more readily. One of the 'stronger' dressage legal bits, the hanging cheek snaffle has jointed mouthpiece that acts like a nutcracker on the bars, and will often contact with the horses palate. An ideal bit to use in a dressage test for horses used to being ridden in a jointed pelham or jointed continental bit.

HAPPY MOUTH HANGING CHEEK JOINTED

The Happy Mouth Hanging Cheek Jointed Bit
The Happy Mouth bit range is made from super polished high quality stainless steel. The mouth of these bits is flexible but reinforced with stainless steel twist wire.
The Happy Mouth Hanging Cheek uses pressure on the poll as the cheek piece has an extra ring above the snaffle ring where the bridle cheek pieces are attached to,. This poll pressure encourages the horse to lower the head and come on to the bit. Especially useful for horses that have a high head carriage
The Happy Mouth Hanging Cheek Jointed Bit puts pressure on the sides of the tongue, on the lips and on the bars due to the nutcracker.
The Happy Mouth Hanging Cheek Jointed Bit may prove a suitable alternative to a snaffle, for children riding ponies that need an extra bit of help to stop

HAPPY MOUTH HANGING CHEEK ROLLER CENTRE

Apple Scented Plastic Mouth

Non-toxic, soft, flexible, long lasting

Stainless steel core for maximum strength

The roller centre eliminates the nutcracker action of the single joint, whilst the hanging cheek gives mild poll pressure to encourage the head to drop.

Ideal bit for horses that dislike metal.

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HAPPY MOUTH FULL CHEEK ROLLER CENTRE

Apple Scented Plastic Mouth

Non-toxic, soft, flexible, long lasting

Stainless steel core for maximum strength

Full cheek aids steering and stops the bit from being pulled through the mouth

The roller centre eliminates the nutcracker action of the single joint.

The copper roller encourages mouthing and acceptance of the bit

Ideal bit for horses that dislike metal.

 

HAPPY MOUTH FULL CHEEK JOINTED

Apple scented, tough, non-toxic, flexible mouth with reinforcing stainless steel. Full Cheek bits are a fixed cheek bit, this may be useful for horses that are a bit unsure of the bit as it doesn't move around to much in the mouth, it should encourage the horse to stretch into the contact. A fixed bit would be less suitable if your horse is prone to leaning or taking hold of the bit . Full cheek bits are very useful for breaking in, or bringing on of young horses, as they help tremendously with the turning aids, and help to teach the horse to turn, the full cheek bit does not slide through the mouth as would a normal snaffle would if your horse doesn't like to turn. The single joint puts pressure on the sides of the tongue, on the lips and on the bars due to the nutcracker. The single jointed bits also may have a head raising action so would be less suitable for your horse if they ride with a high head carriage or above the bit.

HAPPY MOUTH FULL CHEEK MULLEN

  • The Happy Mouth Mullen Full Cheek is designed to encourage the horse to turn by applying pressure on the side of the face.
  • Its straight bar mouthpiece places more pressure on the tongue.
  • As with all the Happy Mouth range the Happy Mouth Mullen Full Check has an apple scented mouth piece which is tough and non toxic.

 

FULL CHEEK EGGBUTT

The full cheek jointed snaffle is a useful bit for green horses, as the full cheek prevents the bit from being able dragged through the horses mouth. This Full cheek snaffle has a jointed mouthpiece that acts like a nutcracker on the bars, and can also contact with the horses palate. Full cheek bits are often used on young horses to aid steering, as the cheek gives a more positive action against the cheek when the rider asks for a turn. Full cheek snaffles should be used with fulmer loops which secure the top of the bit to the cheekpieces to prevent the bit from rotating and leaving the cheeks pointing out which could pose a hazard. By securing the cheek, it also allows a very small amount of poll pressure to come into play, helping to encourage a lower outline.

Full Cheek Jointed Snaffle features:
Full cheek applies a tiny bit of poll pressure when the rein aid is applied, and prevents the bit from being dragged through the mouth
Jointed mouthpiece uses a nutcracker action and contact with the roof of the horses mouth
Can be used in dressage competitions
Helps steering with green horses
Bit strength: fairly mild

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FULMER FRENCH LINK

The Fulmer french link snaffle is similar to the full cheek, but with loose rings outside the cheeks to retain the communication found with a loose ring bit, but without the bit being able to be dragged through the horses mouth. Fulmer french mouth snaffles conform to the shape of the horses mouth more naturally than a jointed bit, eliminating the nutcracker action. Fulmer cheek bits are often used on young horses to aid steering, as the cheek gives a more positive action against the cheek when the rider asks for a turn. Fulmer and full cheek snaffles should be used with fulmer loops which secure the top of the bit to the cheekpieces to prevent the bit from rotating and leaving the cheeks pointing out which could pose a hazard. By securing the cheek, it also allows a very small amount of poll pressure to come into play, helping to encourage a lower outline.

Fulmer French Link Snaffle features:
Fulmer cheek applies a tiny bit of poll pressure when the rein aid is applied, and prevents the bit from being dragged through the mouth
French link lays across the horses tongue and bars, eliminating the nutcracker action
Can be used in dressage competitions
Helps steering with green horses
Bit strength: fairly mild

CHERRY ROLLER

Loose ring cherry roller snaffles are a bit ideally used on larger horses with big mouths and plenty of room for a bit. They help with horses that attempt to put their tongue over, or take hold of the bit between their teeth. It can also help with horses that lean as the rollers encourage the bit to roll further into the horses mouth, and being a fairly thick bit is quite kind to the bars.

Loose Ring Cherry Roller Snaffle features:

Thick mouthpiece with stainless steel rollers in the bars, help to prevent the horse from taking hold of the bit

Bit strength: Moderately strong

LOOSE RING WATERFORD

The Loose ring waterford snaffle can be a comfortable bit for a horse as long as the rider has sympathetic hands. The mouthpiece is made up of a series of rounded links, that is similar to a chain and can be manipulated by the horse allowing him to swallow and move his mouth freely. If the horse pulls whilst wearing the waterford, the mouthpiece is uncomfortable and usually the horse will not lean on it. The rider should never 'see saw' the hands when using a waterford bit as it can make the bit very severe. The waterford is normally selected one size larger than the horse's usual bit size to allow freedom and correct fit of the bit in the horses mouth. The loose ring enhances the malleability of the waterford bit.

Loose Ring Waterford Snaffle features:

Mouthpiece lays across the horses tongue, giving lots of freedom but still giving control as it becomes solid when asking for a stop

Most horses work better in one size larger than their normal bit size when ridden in a waterford mouthpiece.

Bit strength: moderate, but can be severe if used in a sawing motion by the rider

4 RING DUTCH GAG WATERFORD

The 4 ring continental waterford snaffle can be a comfortable bit for a horse as long as the rider has sympathetic hands. The mouthpiece is made up of a series of rounded links, that is similar to a chain and can be manipulated by the horse allowing him to swallow and move his mouth freely. If the horse pulls whiclst wearing the waterford, the mouthpiece is uncomfortable and usually the horse will not lean on it. The rider should never 'see saw' the hands when using a waterford bit as it can make the bit very severe. The waterford is normally selected one size larger than the horse's usual bit size to allow freedom and corect fit of the bit in the horses mouth. Continental bits work by raising the bit up in the horses mouth in a similar manor to a conventional gag, but there is a limit to the extent this can happen thus lessening the severity. In addition to this, a lot of poll pressure can be achieved with the lower ring of the dutch gag which is why ideally two reins should be used to ensure a correct contact can be maintained on the snaffle rein without poll pressure when necessary. The cheek of the jointed 3 ring dutch gag involves a series of steel rings, the main snaffle ring with one smaller ring above and below, useful for horses that do not need the added poll pressure of a further lower ring as in the 4 ring version of the continental gag.

3 Ring Continental Waterford Snaffle features:
Mouthpiece lays accross the horses tongue, giving lots of freedom but still giving control as it becomes solid when asking for a stop

Ideally used with two reins or roundings with a single rein for the best effect
Also know as a dutch gag or 2 ring snaffle
Exerts poll pressure and a limited gag action
Pony size bits (5") feature a smaller, more appropriately sized cheek
Bit strength: moderate/strong, can be severe if used in a see saw motion by the rider

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HAPPY MOUTH LOOSE RING MULLEN

Apple scented plastic mouth.
Non-toxic, soft and flexible
Stainless steel centre core for maximum strength.
Straight mouthpiece places more pressure on the tongue, relieving pressure on the bars.
Loose ring gives a less direct action.

 

HAPPY MOUTH LOOSE RING JOINTED

Happy Mouth Bits are made from a quality stainless steel and are coated with a flexible, non-toxic apple flavoured plastic which can increase acceptance of the bit in some horses.

The loose rings of this snaffle make a more mobile bit than an eggbutt or fixed cheek bit, which should encourage your horse to keep a relaxed jaw and to mouth the bit. The loose ring may be useful if your horse leans on the bit, or takes hold, as the bit is always movable so the horse cannot take hold as easily as they could with a fixed cheek. This bit is also useful for gaining contact as the movable mouthpiece enables the bit to fit the mouth, contour the tongues natural position and sit comfortably.

The single joint mouthpiece puts pressure on the sides of the tongue, on the lips and on the bars due to the nutcracker type action. The single jointed bits also may have a head raising action so would be less suitable for your horse if they ride with a high head carriage or above the bit.

Please note - Happy Mouth bits are not chew resistant

HAPPY MOUTH LOOSE RIGHT ROLLER CENTRE

Happy Mouth Bits. High quality plastic mouth/Stainless steel. Super polished, individually packed.

Apple scented soft mouthpiece, non toxic, steel centre.

Please Note: These type of mouthpieces are not suitable for all horses. Care must be taken so that the bit is correctly fitted and the horse's teeth and mouth are in good condition.

 

HAPPY MOUTH EGGBUTT JOINTED

Eggbutt flexi mouth jointed snaffle, made from stainless steel using the investment cast, lost wax method with space age plastic covering on the bars. The polyurethane covered bars of this eggbutt snaffle gives the bit a warm feel which will encourage some horses to salivate and accept the bit more than a stainless steel mouthpiece. The plastic covered eggbutt jointed snaffle is thought to be one of the simplest bits, and can be good for novice horses and riders as the eggbutt cheek prevents too much vibration from the riders rein being felt by the horse.

Eggbutt Flexi Mouth Jointed Snaffle features:
Works on the bars and roof of the mouth due to the nutcracker action, but the action is softened a little by the plastic covered mouthpiece of the bit
Can sometimes help prevent the horse from getting its tongue over the bit due to the high nature of the bit mouthpiece in the horses mouth when in use
Polyurethane covered mouthpiece can encourage horses to accept the bit more than a stainless steel mouthpiece as it is warmer and softer to the touch
The plastic covered eggbutt snaffle can be used in dressage competitions
Bit strength: fairly mild

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HAPPY MOUTH 3 RING GAG JOINTED

  • Kinder then a traditional metal bit as the plastic covering is warmer and softer in the horses mouth
  • The mouthpiece is covered with polyurethane
  • The strength of the bit can be altered by lowering the rein onto another ring which adjusts the poll pressure
  • Can be used with one or two reins as well as rounding's
  • The jointed mouthpiece creates a nutcracker which applies pressure to the tongue, lips, and bars of the horses mouth

 

HAPPY MOUTH 3 RING GAG ROLLER CENTRE

Happy Mouth Roller 3 Ring Gag. The Happy Mouth Bits are made from hi-tech plastic moulded around a stainless steel centre for added durability, and feature an apple scent to help encourage acceptance of the bit, mouthing and help to improve performance. The Happy Mouth Bits are warmer to the touch than traditional stainless steel bits making it ideal for younger horses or horses with a sensitive mouth.

The Happy Mouth Roller 3 Ring Gag is a double jointed bit that acts on the tongue and the bars of the mouth. The double joint eliminates the nutcracker and palate action of a single jointed bit and instead applies pressure to the horse's tongue; the Lozenge has a slightly larger surface area than a french link joint and contours to the tongue. Two reins should be used with the Happy Mouth Roller 3 Ring Gag; One on the main snaffle ring of the bit and the other on the second lower ring. The Happy Mouth Roller 3 Ring Gag is a less severe gag due to the lower angle of leverage .

If only one rein is to be used when using Happy Mouth Jointed 3 Ring Gag then roundings should be used to help maintain a better contact with the horse's mouth.

 

HAPPY MOUTH 2 RING GAG JOINTED

The Happy Mouth Jointed Ribbed Mouth 2-Ring Gag Bit is engineered for today with high-tech plastics. The unique apple scent encourages horses to accept the bit. The space age polymer provides for a gentler bit and a happier horse

3 RING DUTCH GAG JOINTED

The 3 ring continental jointed snaffle bit is sometimes known as a 2 ring, dutch gag or even as a bubble bit. Continental gag bits work by raising the bit up in the horses mouth in a similar manor to a conventional gag, but there is a limit to the extent this can happen thus lessening the severity. In addition to this, a lot of poll pressure is easily achieved on the lower setting of the dutch gag which is why ideally two reins should be used to ensure a correct contact can be maintained on the snaffle rein without poll pressure when necessary. The cheek of the jointed dutch gag involves a series of steel rings, the main snaffle ring with one smaller ring above and below. Correctly, the 3 ring bit should be used with two reins, one on the main snaffle ring, and a second on the lower smaller ring. Often this bit is only used with one rein on the lower ring, but ideally if only one rein is to be used the bit should be used with roundings to maintain a better contact with the horses mouth. 3 ring dutch gags are ideal for horses that don't need the poll pressure of a 4th ring.

3 Ring Continental Jointed Snaffle features:
Standard nutcracker action, wide mouthpiece
Ideally used with two reins or roundings with a single rein for the best effect
Also know as a dutch gag or 2 ring snaffle
Exerts poll pressure and a limited gag action
Pony size bits (4 1/2" & 5") feature a smaller, more appropriately sized cheek
Bit strength: moderate

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3 RING DUTCH GAG FRENCH LINK

The 3 ring continental french link snaffle bit can also be known as a 2 ring, dutch gag or even as a bubble bit. French link mouthpieces soften the action of a single jointed bit by eliminating the nutcracker action, by means of a shaped flat plate which lies accross the horses tongue. Continental bits work by raising the bit up in the horses mouth in a similar manor to a conventional gag, but there is a limit to the extent this can happen thus lessening the severity. In addition to this, a lot of poll pressure can be achieved with the lower ring of the dutch gag which is why ideally two reins should be used to ensure a correct contact can be maintained on the snaffle rein without poll pressure when necessary. The cheek of the jointed 3 ring dutch gag involves a series of steel rings, the main snaffle ring with one smaller ring above and below, useful for horses that do not need the added poll pressure of a further lower ring as in the 4 ring version of the continental gag. Correctly, the 3 ring bit should be used with two reins, one on the main snaffle ring, and a second on the lower smaller ring. Often this bit is only used with one rein on the lower ring, but ideally if only one rein is to be used the bit should be used with roundings to maintain a better contact with the horses mouth.

3 Ring Continental French Link Snaffle features:
double jointed french link mouthpiece eliminates the nutcracker action
Ideally used with two reins or roundings with a single rein for the best effect
Also know as a 3 ring dutch gag or 2 ring snaffle
Exerts poll pressure and a limited gag action
Pony size bits (4 1/2" & 5") feature a smaller, more appropriately sized cheek
Bit strength: moderat

4 RING DUTCH GAG FRENCH LINK

The curved mouthpiece follows the contours of the horses mouth and is good for horses with a larger tongue. French link bits feature a flat plate which lies across the horses tongue.

4 RING DUTCH GAG JOINTED

The Dutch or Continental Gag is designed to apply poll pressure and gives the rider extra leverage when needed through the lower rings. The Happy Mouth Dutch Gag should ideally be used with two reins - the first rein should be used on the snaffle ring, and the second rein can be attached to the rings below, giving increased pressure as the lower rings produce more leverage.. If the bit is only used with one rein on the lower ring, then the pressure in applied constantly and no pressure release is available for the horse.
The gag produces a head raising action and is often used for cross country and/or jumping where the head needs to be raised quickly in order to gain control and so to get ready for the next jump. The single joint puts pressure on the sides of the tongue, on the lips and on the bars due to the nutcracker action and single jointed bits may also have a head raising action.
Happy Mouth Bits are made from a quality stainless steel and are coated with a flexible, non-toxic apple flavoured plastic which can increase acceptance of the bit in some horses.
Please note - Happy Mouth bits are not chew resistant

4 RING DUTCH GAG SWEET IRON

The continental jointed snaffle bit is sometimes known as a 4 ring, dutch gag or even as a bubble bit. Continental bits work by raising the bit up in the horses mouth in a similar manor to a conventional gag, but there is a limit to the extent this can happen thus lessening the severity. In addition to this, a lot of poll pressure is easily achieved on the lower setting of the dutch gag which is why ideally two reins should be used to ensure a correct contact can be maintained on the snaffle rein without poll pressure when necessary. The cheek of the jointed dutch gag involves a series of steel rings, the main snaffle ring with one smaller ring above and two below, enabling a number of different positions for the reins. Correctly, the 4 ring bit should be used with two reins, one on the main snaffle ring, and a second on either of the lower two smaller rings depending how much poll pressure is required. Often this bit is only used with one rein on the lower rings, but ideally if only one rein is to be used the bit should be used with roundings to maintain a better contact with the horses mouth. Originally designed to emulate the effect of draw reins in the showjumping arena, the continental snaffle is a popular bit for horses and ponies, and useful for horses that dislike a curb but respond well to poll pressure. Sweet iron is a good metal for horse bits, as it provides the horse with a 'taste', stainless steel is a very bland metal and a lot of horses find it difficult to relax and mouth a stainless steel bit.

Continental Sweet Iron Jointed Snaffle features:
Standard nutcracker action, wide mouthpiece
Ideally used with two reins or roundings with a single rein for the best effect
Also know as a dutch gag or 4 ring snaffle
Exerts poll pressure and a limited gag action
Pony size bits (4 1/2" & 5") feature a smaller, more appropriately sized cheek
Bit strength: moderately strong

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FRENCH LINK EGGBUTT

French link eggbutt snaffle, made from stainless steel using the investment cast, lost wax method for the highest quality finish. The french link is often confused with the Dr Bristol as both have a plate in the middle, but the french link snaffle is at the mild end of the bitting spectrum. The centre plate in a french link eggbutt is shaped and lies flat on the horses tongue causing little to no pressure when in use. The double jointed mouthpiece eases pressure on the bars of the horses mouth and prevents palate pressure, making the french link one of the best bits for novice horses and riders. The french link is especially good for horses with a large tongue, low palette mouth conformation as the bit is fairly unobtrusive in the horses mouth. The eggbutt cheek is a god cheek for novice riders or fussy mouthed horses as it limits the amount of fine vibration passed to the horse down the reins.

Eggbutt French Link Snaffle features:

A mild bit good for novice or soft mouthed horses, the eggbutt cheek being good for riders with less than steady hands.

Often confused with the far more severe Dr bristol- the difference being the plate on the french link is shaped and lies flat on the tongue so does not dig in at all

Bit strength: Mild

EGGBUTT SNAFFLE

Eggbutt snaffle with jointed mouthpiece, made from stainless steel using the investment cast, lost wax method for the highest quality finish. Some horses often Arab or thoroughbred type, dislike a single joint as they have a low palette, in this case a french link or double jointed mouthpiece often keeps the horse relaxed in his mouth more than a single joint. The eggbutt jointed snaffle is thought to be one of the simplest bits, and can be good for novice riders as the eggbutt cheek prevents too much vibration from the riders rein being felt by the horse.

Eggbutt Snaffle Jointed Mouth features:

Works on the bars and roof of the mouth due to the nutcracker action
Can sometimes help prevent the horse from getting its tongue over the bit due to the high nature of the bit mouthpiece in the horses mouth when in use

The eggbutt snaffle can be used in dressage competitions

Bit strength: fairly mild

JP FRENCH LINK EGGBUTT

This is a fixed cheek bit where everything remains more still in the mouth. Eggbutts are ideal for horse that is lacking in confidence as it helps them stretch into the contact. They may not suit horses that tend to lean on the bit. The jointed french link mouth piece eliminates the nutcracker action, and disperses the pressure over the two joints rather than the one in the single jointed snaffle. The sweet iron encourages salivation and acceptance of the bit.

 

JP EGGBUTT SNAFFLE

The J.P. Eggbutt snaffle is a nice bit for horses with a fairly large tongue or small mouth, being curved in the mouthpiece and not too thick in the bars. The curve of the mouthpiece reduces the action of the nutcracker, and helps to prevent the bit from contacting the palette. The eggbutt cheek on the JP jointed snaffle helps to reduce the vibrations felt by the horse down the reins from the rider, making it a suitable bit for a novice rider to use.

 


JP Korsteel Eggbutt Snaffle features:

  • Curved mouthpiece reduces the nutcracker action and eases palette pressure

  • Can be used in dressage competitions

  • Bit strength: fairly mild

 

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GERMAN HOLLOW LOOSE RING

hollow german mouth snaffle loose ring has much more movement and play than a fixed ring or cheek. It discourages fixing, blocking, and leaning on the bit. It also helps to encourage mouthing. The loose ring allows more movement so that it follows the angle of the tongue, this is vital because as the horse's overall outline changes it allows the bit to follow.

GERMAN HOLLOW EGGBUTT

The thicker mouthpiece makes this bit a little softer for some horses, and being hollow it is very lightweight.  The single joing results in a nutcracker action

FRENCH LINK LOOSE RING

The loose ring french link snaffle is often favoured by horses as the lack of palate pressure makes the bit more comfortable and relieves pressure on the horses bars. Often wrongly mistaken for a Dr Bristol, the french link snaffle is a very kind bit, as the central plate is shaped and lies flat on the tongue passively. The loose ring enhances feel and communication through the reins between horse and rider.

Loose Ring French Link Snaffle

features:

French link lays across the horses

tongue and bars

Can be used in dressage competitions

Bit strength: Quite mild

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JP LOOSE RING SNUFFLE

The J.P. loose ring snaffle is a nice bit for horses with a fairly large tongue or small mouth, being curved in the mouthpiece and not too thick in the bars. The curve of the mouthpiece reduces the action of the nutcracker, and helps to prevent the bit from contacting the palette.

  • Curved mouthpiece reduces the nutcracker action and eases palette pressure

  • Can be used in dressage competitions

  • Bit strength: fairly mild

 

HARMONY

This exciting new range of ergonomically designed bits features a 90% copper mouthpiece to help promote salivation. An angled lozenge centre will facilitate a better contact through a more comfortable mouthpiece.

This mouthpiece has a more defined angle which allows more precise aids ,but still allows a light contact to promotes a softer but quicker response.

RUBBER JOINT EGGBUTT

  • Works on the bars and roof of the mouth due to the nutcracker action, but the action is softened a little by the rubber covered mouthpiece of the bit
  • Can sometimes help prevent the horse from getting its tongue over the bit due to the high nature of the bit mouthpiece in the horses mouth when in use
  • Rubber covered mouthpiece can encourage horses to accept the bit more than a stainless steel mouthpiece as it is warmer and softer to the touch
  • The rubber covered eggbutt snaffle can be used in dressage competitions
  • Bit strength: fairly mild

 

RUBBER JOINTED LOOSE RING

The Loose ring rubber covered jointed snaffle is a slightly kinder version of the traditional metal jointed snaffle. The rubber covering is warmer and softer on the bars, which makes it more suitable for soft mouthed horses, particularly those with large mouths that like to occasionally try and get their tongue over the bit.

Loose Ring Rubber Covered Jointed Snaffle features:
Jointed mouthpiece covered with a rubber covering to cushion the bars
Can be used in dressage competitions
Bit strength: fairly mild

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COPPER ROLLER EGGBUTT

The copper roller mouthpiece is often suitable for horses that require something stronger than a plain snaffle because they lean or pull on the bit.

The copper rollers rotate in the horse's mouth. Because the rollers are mobile, the horse is unable to grab hold of the bit and lean.

Many horses appreciate the taste of copper, and it can help to promote salivation and mouthing of the bit.

The single joint has a nutcracker action, which applies pressure to the sides of the tongue, lips and bars of the mouth.

COPPER ROLLLER D RING

The D cheek copper roller snaffle is often used for horses that need something stronger than a jointed bit because they lean or try to grab the bit. The alternating stainless steel and copper rollers set along the mouthpiece of the snaffle, allow the bit to roll up the mouth, and help to prevent the horses from grabbing it between the teeth. The jointed mouthpiece of teh copper roll D cheek gives a nutcracker action on the bars, and can contact the palate. D cheek bits are often used to aid steering, as the cheek gives a more positive action against the cheek when the rider asks for a turn.

D Cheek Copper Roller Snaffle features:

Alternating copper and stainless steel rollers help to prevent the horse from grabbing the bit or leaning on it

Helps steering with green horses

Bit strength: moderate-mild

SWEET IRON JOINTED LOOSE RING

The Sweet iron loose ring snaffle is a nice bit for horses with a fairly large tongue or small mouth, being curved in the mouthpiece and not too thick in the bars. The curve of the mouthpiece reduces the action of the nutcracker, and helps to prevent the bit from contacting the palette. Sweet iron is a good metal for horse bits, as it provides the horse with a 'taste', stainless steel is a very bland metal and a lot of horses find it difficult to relax and mouth a stainless steel bit.

Sweet Iron Loose Ring Snaffle features:

Sweet iron to encourage salivation with a curved mouthpiece to reduce the nutcracker action

Can be used in dressage competitions

Bit strength: fairly mild

SWEET IRON FRENCH LINK LOOSE RING

The Korsteel sweet iron loose ring french link snaffle french is a useful bit for sensitive horses as it has fairly thick bars. The french link is often favoured by horses as the lack of palette pressure makes the bit more comfortable and relieves pressure on the horses bars. Often wrongly mistaken for a Dr Bristol, the french link snaffle is a very kind bit, as the central plate is shaped and lies flat on the tongue passively. Sweet iron is a good metal for horse bits, as it provides the horse with a 'taste', stainless steel is a very bland metal and a lot of horses find it difficult to relax and mouth a stainless steel bit.

Sweet Iron Loose Ring French Link Snaffle features:

Sweet iron oxidises in the horses mouth to produce a sweet taste and encourage salivation

French link lays across the horses tongue and bars, eliminating the nutcracker action

Can be used in dressage competitions

Bit strength: fairly mild

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FRENCH LINE LOOSE RING

The loose ring french link snaffle is often favoured by horses as the lack of palate pressure makes the bit more comfortable and relieves pressure on the horses bars. Often wrongly mistaken for a Dr Bristol, the french link snaffle is a very kind bit, as the central plate is shaped and lies flat on the tongue passively. The loose ring enhances feel and communication through the reins between horse and rider

  • French link lays across the horses tongue and bars

  • Can be used in dressage competitions

  • Bit strength: Quite mild

 

LOOSE RING SNAFFLE

The loose ring snaffle is a nice bit for horses with a fairly large tongue or small mouth, being curved in the mouthpiece and not too thick in the bars. The curve of the mouthpiece reduces the action of the nutcracker, and helps to prevent the bit from contacting the palette.

Loose RinG snaffle features:

Curved mouthpiece reduces the nutcracker action and eases palette

pressure

Can be used in dressage

competitions

Bit strength: fairly mild

EGGBUTT BRADOON

The Eggbutt french link bradoon is often favoured by horses as the lack of palate pressure makes the bit more comfortable and relieves pressure on the horses bars. The french link bradoon is also very useful to use as snaffle bits for smaller heads or ponies, as they are basically a snaffle bit with a smaller ring. Eggbutt bradoons are attached to the sliphead of the weymouth bridle, and fit in the corners of the horses mouth with the weymouth below. Generally the french link bradoon should be 1/4" or 1/2" bigger than the weymouth/ normal bit size. If the loose ring french link bradoon is to be used as a snaffle on its own, the normal bit size should be purchased.

Eggbutt French Link Bradoon features:

French link lays across the horses tongue and bars

Can be used in dressage competitions when used as a snaffle, or in the double where permitted

Also ideal to use as a snaffle for ponies as the ring is smaller than a traditional loose ring snaffle

Bit strength: fairly mild

LOOSE RING BRADOON

The loose ring jointed show bradoon is often seen with a sliding cheek weymouth, the nutcracker action acts on the bars and sometimes the palate and works well for horses that prefer a single jointed snaffle bit. The thinner show bradoon is good for horses that are strong, or have a small mouth to keep the bulk of a second bit to a minimum. Bradoons are also very useful to use as snaffle bits for smaller heads or ponies, as they are basically a snaffle bit with a smaller ring. Bradoons are attached to the sliphead of the weymouth bridle, and fit in the corners of the horses mouth with the weymouth below. Generally the loose ring jointed bradoon should be 1/4" or 1/2" bigger than the weymouth/ normal bit size. If the loose ring bradoon is to be used as a snaffle on its own, the normal bit size should be purchased. The show jointed bradoon has teh smallest rings of all the bradoons at only 35mm.

Loose Ring Thin Jointed Show Bradoon features:

Standard nutcracker action
Can be used in dressage competitions when used as a snaffle, or in the double where permitted
Thinner mouthpiece is ideal for stronger horses, or those with very

little space for a second bit

Bit strength: moderate

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CHIFNEY

The Chifney, also known as an anti rearing bit, is a horse bit designed for leading spirited horses and ponies. The Chifney attaches to a sliphead or headpiece, and has a single loose ring for the lead rope to attach to at the back of the horses chin. The thin bit with V shaped mouth will dig into the horses tongue should the horse try to rear or pull, and can be very effective. The anti rearing bit should be used with care as with any severe type of horse bit and is for leading only. Chifney bits are often only seen for sale in standard and large sizes, but they should be sized as any other bit, the same size as your horses normal bit size should be used to achieve correct fit.

Chifney Anti Rearing Bit features:
Used to lead strong horses, or those prone to rearing when being led in hand
Bit strength: severe
In hand use only

FLEXI RUBBER MULLEN MOUTH

The flexible rubber mullen mouth loose ring snaffle offers is made from the highest quality materials and will provide durability and comfort to your horse for a fantastic cost. Bits with rubber mouthpieces are often warmer for the horse and they tend to accept them better.

Great for young horses and first tie bitting.

HARD RUBBLE SNAFFLE

This bit is made from hard rubber so it is not flexible but is still kind due to the thick mouthpiece.

 
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RUGBY CAMBRIDGE PELHAM

The Cambridge mouth rugby pelham is also sometimes known as a low port rugby pelham, and can be good to use on horses with a large tongue or small mouth. The very low port of this pelham bit gives space for the tongue, with no collapse on the bars and no real palate pressure. Rugby pelhams are designed to be used with two reins, the 'snaffle' rein on the larger ring which should have a constant contact, and the curb rein is attached to the smaller loose bottom ring and is used when needed. The small hole in the shank just above the curb ring is for a lip strap, not essential but correct for showing and helps to keep the curb chain flat. Rugby pelhams are designed to give the appearance of the horse wearing a double bridle but with only one mouthpiece, useful for horses that are being shown but dislike or do not have enough room in their mouth for a double.

Cambridge Mouth Rugby Pelham features:
Small port gives space for the tongue without any real palate pressure, ideal for horses with larger tongues
Designed to be used with two reins
Bit strength: quite strong

MULLEN MOUTH PELHAM

The mullen mouth pelham is one of the most basic pelhams, and preferable to the more popular hard rubber or vulcanite pelhams for horses with a large tongue or small mouth. The curved mullen mouth of this pelham bit gives space for the tongue, with no collapse on the bars and no real palate pressure. Pelhams are designed to be used with two reins, the 'snaffle' rein on the larger ring which should have a constant contact, and the curb rein is attached to the smaller loose bottom ring and is used when needed. The small hole in the shank just above the curb ring is for a lip strap, not essential but correct for showing and helps to keep the curb chain flat. If the rider wishes to use only one pair of reins, roundings can be used to join the snaffle and curb rings together and the reins go on the loop of leather to give an action on both mouthpiece and curb when the rein is pulled.

Mullen Mouth Pelham features:
Curved mullen mouthpiece is a mild mouthpiece ideal for sensitive mouths with large tongues
Ideally used with two reins, but one rein can be used if roundings are used
Bit strength: quite stron

RUGBY MULLEN PELHAM

The mullen mouth rugby pelham is one of the most basic rugby pelhams in its action. The curved mullen mouth of this rugby pelham gives space for the tongue, with no collapse on the bars and no real palate pressure. Pelhams are designed to be used with two reins, the 'snaffle' rein on the larger ring which should have a constant contact, and the curb rein is attached to the smaller loose bottom ring and is used when needed. The small hole in the shank just above the curb ring is for a lip strap, not essential but correct for showing and helps to keep the curb chain flat. Rugby pelhams are designed to give the appearance of the horse wearing a double bridle but with only one mouthpiece, useful for horses that are being shown but dislike or do not have enough room in their mouth for a double.

Mullen Mouth Rugby Pelham features:
Curved mullen mouthpiece is a mild mouthpiece ideal for sensitive mouths with large tongues
Designed to be used with double reins
Bit strength: quite strong

HARD RUBBER MULLEN PELHAM

The Mullen mouth is a gentle bit, and is fixed mouthpiece, which means that the pressure on the mouth doesn't vary as much as some other bits. 

The bit places pressure on the horse’s tongue and lips, as well as gentle pressure on the bars, although this depends on the size of your horse’s tongue.

If your horse has a sensitive mouth and does not like complicated mouth pieces, then this is a good product to go for. 

If your horse has a particularly large tongue it may find this bit uncomfortable.

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FLEXI RUBBER MULLEN PELHAM

The flexible rubber pelham can be a good alternative to a jointed bit for some horses. The flexible rubber mouth moulds around the horses mouth, giving this pelham the slightly reduced curb action of a jointed pelham, but with a far milder action in the mouth. Flexible rubber pelhams are best suited to horse that have enough space for a large mouthpiece and are ideal for novice riders using a stronger bit for the first time as the mouth is mild. Pelhams are designed to be used with two reins, the 'snaffle' rein on the larger ring which should have a constant contact, and the curb rein is attached to the smaller loose bottom ring and is used when needed. The small hole in the shank just above the curb ring is for a lip strap, not essential but correct for showing and helps to keep the curb chain flat. If the rider wishes to use only one pair of reins, roundings can be used to join the snaffle and curb rings together and the reins go on the loop of leather to give an action on both mouthpiece and curb when the rein is pulled.

Flexible Rubber Pelham features:
Straight, flexible rubber mouthpiece is a mild mouthpiece ideal for sensitive mouths and novice riders
Ideally used with two reins, but one rein can be used if roundings are used
Bit strength: quite strong

JOINTED PELHAM

The jointed mouth pelham has a single jointed mouthpiece which acts on the bars and sometimes the palate of the horses mouth. The broken mouthpiece can effect the way the curb comes into play and lessen the direct action of the curb, but putting more pressure on the bars of the mouth and possibly the palate. The jointed pelham can be good for horses that tend to put their head down as the jointed mouthpiece often has the effect of raising the horses head. Pelham bits are designed to be used with two reins, the 'snaffle' rein on the larger ring which should have a constant contact, and the curb rein is attached to the smaller loose bottom ring and is used when needed. The small hole in the shank just above the curb ring is for a lip strap, not essential but correct for showing and helps to keep the curb chain flat. If the rider wishes to use only one pair of reins, roundings can be used to join the snaffle and curb rings together and the reins go on the loop of leather to give an action on both mouthpiece and curb when the rein is pulled.

Jointed Mouth Pelham features:
Jointed mouthpiece exerts pressure on the bars and roof of the mouth
Ideally used with two reins, but one rein can be used if roundings are used
Bit strength: quite strong

RUGBY JOINTED PELHAM

The jointed mouth rugby pelham has a single jointed mouthpiece which acts on the bars and sometimes the palate of the horses mouth. The broken mouthpiece can effect the way the curb comes into play and lessen the direct action of the curb, but putting more pressure on the bars of the mouth and possibly the palate. The jointed rugby pelham can be good for horses that tend to put their head down as the jointed mouthpiece often has the effect of raising the horses head. Pelham bits are designed to be used with two reins, the 'snaffle' rein on the larger ring which should have a constant contact, and the curb rein is attached to the smaller loose bottom ring and is used when needed. The small hole in the shank just above the curb ring is for a lip strap, not essential but correct for showing and helps to keep the curb chain flat. Rugby pelhams are designed to give the appearance of the horse wearing a double bridle but with only one mouthpiece, useful for horses that are being shown but dislike or do not have enough room in their mouth for a double.

Jointed Mouth Rugby Pelham features:
Jointed mouthpiece exerts pressure on the bars and roof of the mouth
Designed to be used with two reins
Bit strength: quite strong

FIXED CHEEK WAYMOUTH

The Thick mouth fixed cheek weymouth is a bit designed for use in a double bridle set and features a very low port giving space for the tongue, with no collapse on the bars and no real palate pressure. Being a thick mouth, this weymouth bit is more suited to horses with plenty of space for a bit. The small hole in the shank just above the curb ring is for a lip strap, not essential but correct for showing and helps to keep the curb chain flat, the top of the bit is fluted out slightly to help prevent rubbing, and the fixed cheek is ideal for horses with thin skin or prone to being pinched by a sliding cheek. Weymouth bits are normally bought in the same size as the horses usual bit, and fitted on the headpiece of a double bridle. The bradoon is selected either 1/4" or 1/2" larger than the weymouth and fitted to the sliphead of the weymouth bridle. The bradoon is fitted as a snaffle would be if used on its own, the weymouth then sits just below the bradoon in the horses mouth on a slightly longer cheek setting.

Fixed Cheek Hollow Mouth Weymouth features:
Small port gives space for the tongue without any real palate pressure
Fixed cheek ideal for horses that are easily pinched
Designed to be used with a bradoon in a double bridle, goes well with the eggbutt cheek
Bit strength: Strong

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ENGLISH HACKERMORE

English hackamores are one of two popular types of bitless bridles. Hackamores are useful for horses with mouth problems, or those that just dislike any type of bit. The English version of the hackamore has a fairly short shank, with faux fur padded leather nose and either a leather strap with chain behind in brown, or all leather strap in black. One pair of reins are used on the bottom of the shank, which gives nose pressure. It is very important to fit hackamores in the correct position to avoid nerve damage or restriction to the horses breathing. The hackamore replaces the noseband and is fitted slightly lower than a cavesson, but making sure the noseband is sitting on a solid part of the horses nose, not onto the soft cartilage below.

English Hackamore features:
Often the solution to horses that cannot be bitted for any reason
Shorter shanks give good pressure but not excessive amounts
Strength: moderate

CAMBRIDGE MOUTH KIMBERWICK

The Cambridge mouth kimblewick is a bit commonly used on ponies. Kimblewicks are similar to pelhams in their action with the use of a curb, but milder in their action due to the lack of shank. The very low port of this kimblewick gives space for the tongue, with no collapse on the bars and no real palate pressure. The lack of shank on a kimblewick bit gives far less leverage and can make them a good bit for children to use as they also have the added advantage of being able to be ridden with just one pair of reins.

Cambridge Mouth Kimblewick features:
Small port gives space for the tongue without any real palate pressure, ideal for ponies with larger tongues
Often used for ponies to give children control as the action is less than a pelham
Bit strength: moderate

CAMBRIDGE MOUTH PELHAM

The low port pelham is often known as a Cambridge mouth pelham, and can be good to use on horses with a large tongue or small mouth. The very low port of this pelham bit gives space for the tongue, with no collapse on the bars and no real palate pressure. Pelhams are designed to be used with two reins, the 'snaffle' rein on the larger ring which should have a constant contact, and the curb rein is attached to the smaller loose bottom ring and is used when needed. The small hole in the shank just above the curb ring is for a lip strap, not essential but correct for showing and helps to keep the curb chain flat. If the rider wishes to use only one pair of reins, roundings can be used to join the snaffle and curb rings together and the reins go on the loop of leather to give an action on both mouthpiece and curb when the rein is pulled.

Low Port Cambridge Mouth Pelham features:
Small port gives space for the tongue without any real palate pressure, ideal for horses with larger tongues
Ideally used with two reins, but one rein can be used if roundings are used
Bit strength: quite strong

RUBBER JOINTED D RING

The D ring is designed to aid steering, but without the cheek pressure of the full cheek bits. The D ring bits are used to help prevent the bit being pulled through the horses mouth. The jointed mouthpiece gives a nutcracker effect on the bars of the horses mouth

 

HAPPY MOUTH 2 RING GAG MULLEN

  • Kinder then a traditional metal bit as the plastic covering is warmer and softer in the horses mouth
  • The mouthpiece is covered with polyurethane
  • The strength of the bit can be altered by lowering the rein onto another ring which adjusts the poll pressure
  • Can be used with one or two reins as well as rounding's
  • The mullen mouthpiece places even pressure on the mouthpiece, lips, and bars

SLIDE CHEEK WAYMOUTH

The Sliding cheek weymouth is a bit designed for use in a double bridle set and features a very low port giving space for the tongue, with no collapse on the bars and no real palate pressure. Being a thinner mouth, this weymouth bit is ideal for horses with small mouths and large tongues. The small hole in the shank just above the curb ring is for a lip strap, not essential but correct for showing and helps to keep the curb chain flat, the top of the bit is fluted out slightly to help prevent rubbing, and the sliding cheek is ideal for extra feel, but not so ideal for horses that have very thin skin as there is a small possibility they could get pinched if teh lips are small. Weymouth bits are normally bought in the same size as the horses usual bit, and fitted on the headpiece of a double bridle. The bradoon is selected either 1/4" or 1/2" larger than the weymouth and fitted to the sliphead of the weymouth bridle. The bradoon is fitted as a snaffle would be if used on its own, the weymouth then sits just below the bradoon in the horses mouth on a slightly longer cheek setting.

Sliding Cheek Weymouth features:
Small port gives space for the tongue without any real palate pressure
Sliding cheek for additional feel
Designed to be used with a bradoon in a double bridle
Bit strength: Strong

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