Snaffle Bit - An Equestrian Tack Guide Understanding Snaffle Bits

Published: 17th July 2009
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A snaffle bit is one of the commonest sorts of bits that are used in riding a pony. A bit is part of the bridle, which is used to direct a horse, that goes in the mouth of the horse. A bit is held by a headstall and is fastened by the reins. There are many kinds of bits including curb bit, pelham bit and snaffle bit. The bit mouthpiece can be a simple straight bar or linked set of straight bars that go in the mouth across the gums. The two rings that sit outside of the mouth is either O formed or D shaped. With this kind of bit, the reigning cues are applied directly to the mouth.



A snaffle bit is considered as a precision tool for establishing heavy levels of horse handling. It plays an important role in horse coaching as it helps across the horse's performance career. Snaffle bits provide direct contact from the rider's hands to the horses' mouth. Snaffle bits come in different types and sizes. They are also made from different materials.



One is the size of the mouthpiece. You need to determine your horse's sensitivity level first before you can select the right size of the mouthpiece. Therefore , snaffle bits with smaller diameter mouthpiece might be needed. For a trained show horse, a larger diameter snaffle is mostly used as it is lighter in the mouth. The bigger the diameter of the mouthpiece, the less serious it is in your horse. Another factor to consider is the bit's make, particularly the bit mouthpiece, as it can either add or reduce comfort to your horse. Some are even made from twisted wires, which add to the severity of the bit.



Whatever snaffle you use, be sure it fits the width of your horse's mouth. It shouldn't be so long that the bars go past the corners of your horse's mouth, or too short such that your horse's mouth is crammed or pinched in the corners. The width of a snaffle bit is measured from ring to ring. It's not enough that you find the ideal snaffle bit for your horse. Ensure that it is changed properly in your horse's mouth, too. You will know when the bit is placed properly when it is high enough to form one or two mild creases in each corner of your horse's mouth. It should be no higher and no lower. Using the bridle buckles, raise or lower the bit until it fits.



If the snaffle bit hangs too low in your horse's mouth, it is straightforward for your horse to get its tongue over the bit. This will tend for your horse to fight and leave you without much control. If the bit is raised too high in your horse's mouth, it is going to be uncomfortable and your horse will fight that as well .



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