English Bits

English horse tack like English bits are used in the English disciplines. They are used to communicate with or control the horse. English bits come in many mouthpiece/cheek piece combinations. Most English bits are made from stainless steel. Some can have elements made of different metals like sweet iron. English bits come in a wide variety of mouth sizes to fit the individual horses they are used on.

Choose from brands like Centaur, Stubben, or Korsteel. All our English bits come with the HorseLoverZ 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

HorseLoverZ carries English bridles to help show off that new bit. We also carry breastplates and martingales in leather and synthetic varieties. Our horse equipment section carries the largest selection you will find online.

English horse tack like English bits are used in the English disciplines. They are used to communicate with or control the horse. English bits come in many mouthpiece/cheek piece combinations. Most English bits are made from stainless steel. Some can have elements made of different metals like sweet iron. English bits come in a wide variety of mouth sizes to fit the individual horses they are used on.

Choose from brands like Centaur, Stubben, or Korsteel. All our English bits come with the HorseLoverZ 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

HorseLoverZ carries English bridles to help show off that new bit. We also carry breastplates and martingales in leather and synthetic varieties. Our horse equipment section carries the largest selection you will find online.

How to Fit a Full Cheek Snaffle Bit

Young horses tend to chew on their bit and, until they become accustomed to this new device, many rub their heads in an attempt to remove it. Therefore, the first bit any young horse carries should be as comfortable as possible. For this reason, at HorseLoverZ.com, we recommend that our clients use full cheek snaffle bits during the initial training process. In addition, an ill-fitting bit can cause your horse to experience a variety of uncomfortable circumstances: Therefore, choosing a full cheek snaffle bit that fits your horse properly is essential to ensuring he/she remains comfortable and can then concentrate on following your direction.

How to Fit a Full Cheek Snaffle Bit

Full cheek snaffle bits that are too small can squeeze or pinch your horse’s face; whereas, an overly large bit will move from one side to the other, causing sores and cuts on the lips, and in his/her mouth. Moreover, if a bit is too large, effectively directing your horse may become difficult. At HorseLoverZ.com, we know the importance of a properly fitting bit, which is why we have created the outline below to help you measure your horse’s mouth.

Before You Get Started

In general, the mouthpiece of the bit should extend about 0.6 cm (1/4 inch) beyond your horse’s lips on each side. There are several ways you can measure for a new bit: If you already have a properly fitting bit that your horse was using, you can just measure his/her old bit. If you do not have a bit, you can measure your horse’s mouth.

How to Measure Your Horse’s Mouth for a New Bit

What you need:

  • String
  • Scissors
  • A marker
  • A tape measure or ruler

Step 1

Cut a piece of string that is approximately 30 cm (12 inches) long.

Step 2

Using your ruler or tape measure for reference, tie a knot about .05 cm (2 inches) in.

Step 3

Thread the string through your horse’s mouth and have the knot rest against his/her outer lip.

Step 4

Use the marker to indicate where your horse’s outer lip falls on the other side of the string.

Alternatives:

If you prefer, you can use a piece of unpainted doweling instead of string.

You may also use a plastic or flexible cloth sewing tape measure. If you choose this method, string the tape through your horse’s mouth and measure from one side of his/her lips to the other.

Important:

Please keep in mind that, regardless of the method above that you choose, the mouthpiece of your horse’s bit needs to be about 0.06 cm (1/4 inch) longer on each side.

How to Measure an Old Bit That Already Fits

What you need:

  • A tape measure
  • The old bit

Place your horse’s old bit on a flat surface. Using a tape measure, measure from one cheek piece or ring to the other (these measurements should be taken inside the ring or cheek piece).

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