Misconceptions About Horse bits July 3, 2015 21:29
This article will help solve some of the mysteries involved in horse bits. Thank you to Horse Collaborative it was lovely to work with you on this one!
The Hackamore- Using a bit-less bridle May 18, 2015 09:09
A Hackamore applies pressure to the nose and to the chin. The longer the shank, the more severe the leverage of the Hackamore will be. The Hackamore should be adjusted to sit just above where the nasal bone ends and where the cartilage begins. Generally speaking, you will need to invest in shorter cheek pieces to be able to fit your Hackamore correctly.
The Hackamore is used with a chinstrap. There are many options when is comes to choosing the type of chinstrap. Leather straps come standard with our Hackamores but often are swapped out depending on the specific horse and rider needs. Chinstraps are available in nylon, stainless steel, elastic, rope, etc. The harder the material, the sharper the Hackamore. The chinstrap should be adjusted snug like a noseband would be adjusted.
Hackamores should also be used with a leather Hackastrap to prevent them from flipping up. The Hackastrap is a piece of leather that loops around the top of each cheek piece, goes down the cheeks and attaches under the jaw. On some Hackastraps there is even a little leather loop for your throat latch to go through, this way you have fewer leather pieces moving around.
Hackamores are usually thought of as the bit-less bridle. They are used on horses that react better to nose and chin pressure as opposed to tongue and bar pressure. They are also wonderful for horses do not like bits in their mouth or for horses who have cuts or sores and cannot use a bit while they heal. These are all good reasons for using a Hackamore. What riders often forget is that Hackamores can also be used in combination with a bit. They can be used similar to when using a Weymouth Set. The bit can be used with a Bradoon Hanger, while the Hackamore is held on with the bridle’s original cheek pieces. Using a snaffle in conjunction can give the rider some extra help in the turning department, which is one thing the Hackamore does not offer. One thing to be aware of if doing this, is to make sure your snaffle cheeks or rings aren’t too large thus interfering with the shank of the Hackamore. It is best to use a Bradoon when using the combination.
Mullen (straight bar), Port and Waterford Horse Bits May 11, 2015 07:24
Mullen (straight bar)
The Mullen mouth applies even pressure across the entire tongue as well as to the bars. It is able to do this because it does not collapse in the horse’s mouth. Mullen mouths are often good for horses that back off from your leg. The down side to this bit is that some horses tend to lean on your hand with a Mullen mouth. If your horse is one of them, try using a double jointed bit or a Waterford.
Many people look at ported bits like they are cruel medieval contraptions; this is not the case. Ports allow space for the tongue because it is able to move into the port.
Ported bits take the pressure off the middle of the tongue while still applying pressure to the sides of the tongue and on bars. Ported bits are often good for horses that can’t figure out what to do with their tongue!
Waterford bits (also often called Bubble bit) have several joints through the entire mouthpiece. These bits are very moveable due to the loose flowing joints. What this means to your horse is that there is nothing to lean on and this means they have no choice but lighten up on the bit. This is a good bit for horses that like to lean on your hand. The Waterford forces them to hold themselves, which equals less work for you!
Maryland Equestrian- Company Profile on Thierry Horse & Home Co. May 4, 2015 09:45
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