What bit is best for your horse?

Bits are pretty important in the equestrian world, and finding the right one can be a challenge. There are so many options, a multitude of which can be misleading, that it can seem almost impossible to find the perfect bit for your horse. Hopefully, this quiz will be able to set you on the right path to finding the best bit to fit you and your horse. Please keep in mind that all bits are to be used with a gentle hand, and that misuse of any bit can be damaging to a horse's mouth.

An important factor to take into account is the cheekpiece/ring, which can turn a fairly mild mouthpiece into a harsh contraption. As a general rule, dee-rings, eggbutts, and loose-rings are the mildest of rings. Loose-ring bits should be bought a size larger than other bits because they have the potential to pinch a horse's sensitive lips. Full-cheeks, when used with keepers, rotate the bit, which can either make it milder or more severe. Pelhams and kimberwicks are going to use leverage, which will make a bit more severe when curb pressure is applied. With western shanks, the severity of the bit will increase as the shanks get longer. Once you've determined the cheekpiece, all you need is the mouthpiece! This quiz should give you a good idea about what you're looking for.

Created by: Stormie
  1. Is your horse sensitive in regard to bits?
  2. Does your horse pull or lean on the bit?
  3. Does your horse have a big tongue and/or low palate?
  4. Does the horse often try to avoid the bit, such as by rooting, tucking his head, raising his head, opening his mouth, sticking his tongue out, or sticking his tongue over the bit?
  5. Which of the following best describes your horse's personality?
  6. Which of the following best describes your horse's behavior under saddle?
  7. Currently is ridden and going well in:
  8. Currently is ridden and not going well in:
  9. What discipline(s) are you riding in or planning to ride in with your horse?
  10. Has your horse ever had an injury in his mouth, regardless of whether bits were a factor?

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