A horse bit is an essential part of riding. The bit allows for direct contact between the rider and the horse, and the rider communicates to a large extent through the bit. There are different types of bits, in various sizes and materials. To find the right bit for the combination of you and your horse, there are several important factors to consider. First, it is important to know what your horse's mouth looks like. You can simply look into your horse's mouth. How wide is your horse's mouth, how far do the cheeks protrude, and how much space does the horse have at the palate? Additionally, it is helpful for us as advisors to know how your horse feels in the hand. Does it accept the current bit well, or does the horse prefer to go behind the bit or through the bit?
The size of the bit also depends on the type of bit you choose. For example, a loose ring snaffle should provide more space between the cheek and the bit ring, while a full cheek snaffle can fit snugly. The severity of a bit depends on many factors, including the thickness, material, and the rider's hand. It is important to choose a bit that suits you as a rider to ensure that riding is as horse-friendly as possible. Need advice? Our bit experts are happy to help!