Here we explain the bits that will suit your horse, whatever his type or temperament.
The Hilary Vernon bit range, Informed Designs
This is made up of English bits designed and carefully constructed to complement the conformation of the horse’s mouth to improve comfort and communication.
The range is inspired by the theory that a comfortable horse will be a more relaxed horse and therefore a less resistant horse.
The range includes snaffles, pelhams, doubles, daleheads, Liverpools and butterflys.
A variety of cheeks on these mouthpieces ensures you have a choice to ensure effective bitting for individual horses and ponies.
Abbey Bits are made in the UK and specialise in traditional and unusual bits.
With more than 200 different bit patterns in stock, Abbey are also able to capture and follow bit trends, supplying specialist bits in a wide variety of sizes.
The vast range includes snaffles, gags, pelhams, double bridles, driving bits, and hackamores.
Bits are available in various materials including copper, stainless steel, sweet iron, rubber and vulcanite.
Abbey’s made-to-measure bits can easily be customised from existing parts for comfort and quality.
These bits are made in Germany from a patented plastic material, and claim to offer a higher degree of comfort and control for all horses.
The secret of their effectiveness and flexibility is a unique mouthpiece, protected by a worldwide patent.
Each bit has a stainless steel safety wire running through the mouthpiece for total security.
They encourage salivation and are kind to the tongue, so are ideal for training young horses.
Neue Schule Bits
Most Neue Schule bits are made from Salox.
They produce a range of innovative dressage and competition bits all designed with the shape of the horse’s mouth in mind and the use of their Tranz lozenge for comfort and communication gives even pressure over the tongue and away from the outer edges where the horse is more sensitive.
Designed by the Myler brothers, this range of bits claims to create a kinder, more of effective way of communication with your horse.
The bits have a forward-curve shape. This gives the horse more tongue room to allow for swallowing.
The bits have a no-pinch action and each side moves independently to make your aids clearer.
Some of the bits come with slots in the cheeks. The top slots work in a similar way to a full cheek bit with keepers holding the mouthpiece off the tongue and steady – until the rider uses the reins.
The bit returns to its original position once the rein aid is relaxed making the reward much clearer to your horse.
Using the slots also gives some poll pressure encouraging your horse to flex from the withers.
The range of Myler bits is split into three levels depending on your horse’s level of training. Level one is designed for young horses at the beginning of their training.
Level two is for horses with a basic training and level three is designed for more finished horses.
These bits are made from Aurigan - an alloy of copper, silicon, and zinc - specially developed for using in horses' mouths.
The manufacturers claim that using Aurigan helps your horse become more attentive and relaxed, improving the connection between horse and rider.
The range of Sprenger KK bits were developed with the conformation of the horse’s mouth in mind.
Research found the volume of the inside of the mouth was less than previously thought, leaving much less room for the bit. Sprenger used this information to develop their KK range of bits.