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English Horse Bits

English Horse Bits
English Horse Bits
Schneiders has a large selection of quality English horse bits - from loose ring snaffles, D-ring snaffles and eggbutt snaffles to kimberwicks, we have English horse bits made from a variety of materials such as stainless steel, Happy Mouth, and rubber. Shop top English bits brands like Myler, Herm Sprenger®, FES and more!
Robart™ Pinchless Spring Loaded Correction D Ring Bit
$99.99
$69.99
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FES Offset D Ring Twisted Sweet Iron Snaffle Bit
$47.99
$32.99
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Myler D Ring Sweet Iron Comfort Snaffle Bit with Copper Inlay
$117.95
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FES Ported Barrel Kimberwick
$71.99
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Herm Sprenger Loose Ring Copper Snaffle Bit
$50.60
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FES French Link Eggbut Snaffle
$42.99
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FES Twisted Wire D Ring Bit
$57.99
$39.99
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FES Low Port Correction Kimberwick
$63.99
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Bob Avila Signature Snaffle Bit
$76.95
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FES Pro Correction w/Copper Roller D Ring Bit
$64.99
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FES D Ring Sweet Iron Snaffle Bit with Copper Roller
$39.99
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The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 24 Reviews

English Horse Bits

The English horse bit is an extension of the rider‘s hand aids and a very important piece of horse tack. Choosing the best bit for your English horse can be challenging as different bits communicate with the horse in different ways. Horse bits can be very confusing, and even learning the different kinds of horse bits and their names isn‘t easy. To help you find the best bit for your horse, we will walk through the most used English horse bits.

Snaffle Bits

The most common and most popular English horse bit is the snaffle bit, and there are many different types of snaffle bits. The snaffle bit comes in different mouthpiece options like straight, jointed, double-jointed, twisted, French link and more, but all work by applying direct pressure to the horse‘s bars and corners of their mouths. In addition to the mouthpiece options, snaffle bits are also available in different cheek pieces or rein-ring shapes like the loose ring equipped with mobile bit rings, D-ring and eggbutt snaffle. These are the best bits for horses who are still being trained, but all types of snaffles are also seen in schooling and showing.

Kimberwick Bits

Some riders with strong horses choose a kimberwick bit as they are stronger than a snaffle, applying both direct pressure and leveraged poll pressure. A French link kimberwick can be the best bit for a feisty children‘s pony who needs reminding to listen to their young rider.

Pelham Bits

Another English bit is the pelham. The pelham bit works in two ways, by applying leverage like a curb bit and direct pressure like a snaffle bit. The pelham bit has a shank with curb chain hooks. With the curb chain attached it also applies pressure to the horse‘s chin. Many riders use a pelham bit for jumping because they are stronger than snaffle bits and give riders more control over a speedy horse. These English bits are used in double bridles, which are arguably the best bridles for a strong horse because the rider can use the snaffle or curb action of their bit. The pelham bit is the best bit for a strong thoroughbred who needs some extra direction.

Bits based on Discipline

English riders in the hunter show ring commonly show in the D-ring snaffle bit. In fact, there is a D-ring snaffle named after the class itself, The Hunter D-Ring Snaffle. The hunter D-ring snaffles that have larger dees and have been made popular by the brand King Dee.

Dressage riders, like other English riders, are typically riding in a snaffle bit. However, in the dressage world, the snaffle bit of choice is the loose ring. But it is also common for top-level dressage horses to train in just a loose ring snaffle while showing in a double bridle with a Weymouth bit and a bradoon bit.

Jumper riders tend to use a larger variety of English bits. Although snaffles still make their appearance, elevator bits and combo bits are popular. Some riders have been known to jump bitless with a hackamore!

Since eventers compete in dressage, jumping and cross-country events, they might just have the most English bits in their tack trunk. Many eventers need different English bits for strong horses that might behave during the dressage phase but start to get quick during cross country. While competing in each discipline, they might opt to use a different bit in each situation, utilizing a milder bit in dressage and a stronger bit cross country, for example.

We know choosing a bit that your horse responds to is not an easy task, so at Schneider Saddlery, we offer a vast selection of english horse-bit styles so you can find the perfect bit for your horse.

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