Which bit should I use?

17. February 2020 / Product Tips / 3 Minutes
Which bit should I use?
It is very important to note that the way a bit is handled determines the effect it has on your horse! Even a "harmless" looking double jointed plastic bit can cause severe pain to your horse if handled with an insensitive, rough rider's hand.

What do the different bits do?

Single bit

This is a standard bit, available in different materials and well suited for normally sensitive horses. Be careful when accepting the reins too quickly, the bit can stand up in the mouth and press against the palate (nutcracker effect).

Single Jointed

Double jointed bit

Also a standard bit and available in different materials. It is often used for more sensitive horses. Young horses can also get used to it right away and thus be kept sensitive. The double join allows the bit to fit nicely over the tongue.

Double Jointed

Synthetic bits

This bit has a steel core which is coated with tasty plastic. These bits are available single and double jointed, as well as in eggbutt shape. It is especially suitable for horses that are getting used to a bit or that have had bad experiences with bits so far. It is never cold, tastes pleasant and is lightweight.

Synthetic bit

Copper and chain bits

Both bits stimulate chewing activity and saliva production. Copper tastes pleasant to horses. The individual chain links cause the bit to lie comfortably over the tongue in the mouth. The stimulation by the individual chain links is perceived as very pleasant by many horses.

Copper and chain bit

Bits with extensions or several rings

These bits are also available in different materials. They are used to have a little more and easier control and influence on the horse. If used incorrectly or if the horse raises its head, they can have the exact opposite effect. Therefore, these bits only belong in experienced hands. Depending on which ring the reins are buckled into, there is a leverage effect which is transferred to the horse's mouth via the bit. The leverage is exerted more on the tongue via the lower attachments and more on the mouth via the upper attachments/rings. Bits with a leverage effect should therefore be used with special care.

Bits with extensions


Matching bits for your horse

Which bit is suitable if I have a young/sensitive horse?

  • Double jointed bit

  • Synthetic bit

Which bit is suitable if I want to stimulate my horse's chewing activity?

  • Copper bit

  • roller bit

  • Chain bit

  • Plastic bit with flavour

Which bit is suitable if the bit should lie as still as possible in the horse's mouth?

  • Eggbutt bit

  • Full cheek snaffle

Which bit is suitable if my horse lifts its tongue over the bit?

  • Double jointed bit

  • Burch bit

  • Mullen bit

Which bit is suitable if your horse is quite jumpy?

  • B-ring bit

  • 3- Ring bit

  • Pelham

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