Re-Assess Your Bit Choice

Tammy Levasseur

Posted on February 05 2023

1900 Century Bit Design


Spring is a time when many of us are starting with new equine partners, changing tack, and focussing on flat work for the upcoming show season. 

It's a great time to re-assess our choices in tack and make some positive changes.

Like any industry, improvements in design and materials are constantly being made in the bit industry.  You wouldn't use a bit designed in the 1900s as now you know that there are better options available for your equine partner.  

Here are 4 signs that you may need to reconsider your bit choice:

  • Rubbing, callus or abrasions at commissure of lips.
  • Bone spurs on bars (this will be detected by a qualified bit fitter).
  • Abrasions or bruising inside the horses oral cavity..
  • Reluctance to go forward. This can be as simple as resistance to the leg and may also include more severe evasion like balking, spooking, refusing jumps and rearing.
  • Headset that is bent behind the vertical - a horse that is not seeking (and is evading) contact.
If you would like help with your bit and bridle fit, please feel free to email to have a bit fitting session.

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