On Bits & Bitting

Love this post from Denny Emerson this morning. I see so many people posting on forums that you are not an accomplished rider unless you can ride your horse in a snaffle. Preferably a loose ring or egg butt snaffle. Bits and bitting—-A dose of reality— Much of training horses on a daily basis is […]

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From my bit box: Peewee snaffle

I’ve had a PeeWee bit in my bit box for several years. I originally bought it for Kroni, my Trakehner, because he had a thick tongue and a low palete. The PeeWee bit is good or horses like that because it’s a relatively thin curved mouthpiece sits neutrally in the mouth and with rein contact, […]

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Bitting Solutions: Mikmar Bits

On the Chronicle of the Horse Forums there was a post about Mikmar bits, asking why anyone would use them. Certainly they look like medieval instruments of torture, right? Especially the ones with the shanks and the nose ropes? One poster went so far as to say, If you have to use a Mikmar, are […]

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The truth about the Baucher Snaffle Bit- rattling the cage…

Frequently on horse forums I see people talk about the poll pressure that’s applied by Baucher bits. It makes me shake my head because the Baucher is a snaffle bit, as defined by the FEI — by definition that is a bit that applies only direct pressure to the rein. This posting from Bitbankaustralia does […]

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LG bridle to the rescue

Over the past few days I’ve continued to swap around bits and bitless bridles with Sheldon to see if I could encourage him to relax. The Micklem bridle without the bit seemed like a good bet but after a small spook and (short) run episode I wondered if perhaps it didn’t offer quite enough control. […]

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From my bit box: Stubben Golden Wings Gag Bit

I was intrigued by this bit because it could be used in so many different configurations. I had read about the “Wonder Bit” that is very similar and this had the advantage of the “wings” which gives you the benefits of a loose ring snaffle without any risk of pinching your horse’s lips. Read my […]

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Orienting your bit correctly

What’s wrong with the picture on the left? The bit is attached backwards so that the orientation of the mouthpiece is wrong. With some bits, it can be difficult to tell the right way from the wrong way so it’s important to take a good look at it before putting it in your horse’s mouth. […]

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From the bit box: Full Cheek Slow Twist

This is the oldest bit in my bit box. It is a bit I bought when I started eventing back in the early 1980s. At the time I was leasing Dudley, a green Hannovarian/TB gelding. We started him over fences and six weeks later took him out Novice at Pleasant Hollow. Dudley was a horse […]

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