Snaffle Bits March 2, 2015 08:20

Snaffle Bits

Snaffle bits provide direct pressure, in some form or other, to the horse’s tongue. Depending on the choice of bit; snaffle bits can apply pressure across the entire tongue, to the bars, edges of the tongue, the palette or pin point the centre of the tongue. Snaffle bits do not offer any leverage. They do not provide poll pressure.


Loose Ring Bits 

Loose Ring bits are a great training device. These bits provide direct pressure to the tongue but are not as efficient as a more advanced bit. When you pull on the reins, the reins pull on the rings, the rings turn then apply pressure to the mouth. This means that there is a delay or a lag, which is good for practicing. This is the reason why this bit is great for training at home. The rider can then switch to a more precise bit for the horse show (when every second counts).

*We recommend using bit guards when using a Loose-Ring bit to avoid pinching or cutting the corners of your horse’s mouth. When the rings turn they can easily catch this sensitive area.


Eggbutt Bits

Eggbutt bits are great for horses with sensitive corners of the mouth. The mouth joint is fixed and thicker where attached to the cheek. These bits are steady in the mouth compared to a loose ring, which means direct pressure is applied to the mouth without the lag time of the ring reaching the mouthpiece. Eggbutt bits do not offer any lifting effects. It is a common misconception to think the small rings of an Eggbutt bit provides leverage. They do not!


Dee Bits

The Dee bit is the strongest bit of the snaffle family. The bigger the cheek of these snaffles the more clearly the message (this one throws many for a loop, we think it should be the opposite but it’s not) will get delivered from rider to horse. The Dee bit’s fixed big cheeks work in a similar way to the Eggbutt by giving the rider direct contact to the mouth (no lag time). The Dee bit also helps with steering directions for those of us who need the help (it won’t do the job for you but it will help out)!


Full Cheeks

The Full Cheek Bit is great for teaching young horses to turn. They are also great for those lovely stiff horses who can’t or don’t want to turn. So yes, they are for the directionally challenged! There is no lag time with this bit (direct pressure). They can be used with or without Fulmer loops better known as bit keepers. We recommend using bit keepers for safety reasons if you have a tendency to be absent minded, etc. We have seen the upper part of the Full Cheek get caught in more things than you can imagine! The horse then pulls back and voila, broken bridle. Let’s try to prevent this from happening! The Fulmer loops are also used to make the bit sit up in the horse’s mouth.