My bit box

This morning I took a look at my collection of bits. Believe it or not, this has been vastly reduced over the years. Some bits I’ve given to friends . . . some bits I sold (they were so expensive!) . . . and others have disappeared. I try to keep the bits that worked […]

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Choosing a bit depends on your horse, not just your hands

For years I heard “people” say that the bit didn’t matter, it was the rider’s hands that made the difference. Although there is some truth to that (poor riding can make even the mildest bit an instrument of torture), it’s not quite that simple. Okay, sometimes it is.  I bought one bit for my horse, […]

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It’s hard to hunt without your bridle

I’m usually very organized during hunt season. I keep essentials in my trailer and I have spares of most of the truly important things. This morning, I broke with my routine and paid the price. When I looked in my trailer tack room this morning I found that my bit wasn’t clean enough. So, I […]

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What’s your favorite kind of snaffle?

Jane at The Literary Horse is a fan of the KK Ultra Loose Ring Snaffle (read the review at Tack Guru). My favorite bit varies..For a while I was using the Myler Triple Barrel Mullen Mouth Snaffle. I also sometimes use the Pee Wee bit which is another mullen mouth design. What about you?  

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Loose ring or fixed ring: which should you use?

Today I changed Freedom’s bit. I had been riding him in a full cheek snaffle with a jointed quarter moon mouthpiece but he was very fussy when I rode him yesterday, not accepting the bit and getting very busy in his mouth. I went back to a bit that I used a year or so […]

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How to Fit a Full Cheek Snaffle

Fitting a Full Cheek Snaffle

The full cheek snaffle is one of my “go to” bits — I’ve used it on almost all my horses and currently, it’s my non-hunting bit for Freedom. For a moment, let’s forget about the mouthpiece and focus on the function of the cheekpieces. Full cheek snaffles are direct action bits like all snaffles. They […]

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Warming up your bit in winter makes for a happy horse

Putting an icy cold bit in a horse’s mouth is unkind and uncomfortable. I loved riding Kroni bitless in the winter because it was never a problem. Freedom, however, tends to ignore most bitless solutions, so it’s not really an option. What are some of the tricks to warming up a bit? It depends on […]

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