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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!
FES Low Port Correction Kimberwick
FES Ported Barrel Kimberwick
FES Copper Correction Kimberwick
FES French Link Eggbut Snaffle

Popular English Bits

A 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. To help you find the best bit for your horse, we carry a wide selection of English horse bits in all styles.

The most common and most popular English horse bit is the snaffle. 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 piece or rein-ring shapes like the loose ring, D-ring and eggbutt snaffle. All types of snaffles are seen in schooling and showing.

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. It is even 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 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 bits in their tack trunk. 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.

English pleasure riders and trail riders use all types of English bits. Some riders with a strong horse out on the trails choose a Kimberwick as they are stronger than a snaffle, applying both direct pressure and leveraged poll pressure. Kimberwicks are also commonly used on children’s ponies to help them keep their ponies respectful and listening to their young riders.

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. Pelham bits are stronger than snaffle bits.

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