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O-Ring and Eggbutt Snaffle Bits 

O-Ring and Eggbutt snaffles are considered to be the most forgiving bits. Both are beneficial in developing lateral movement and are ideal for young horses and beginners.

  • O-Ring snaffles afford a maximum signal when rein tension is increased
  • Caution: Both of these bits can be pulled through your horses mouth

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Myler Comfort Snaffle Eggbutt w/Roller
  • Designed to communicate with horses with little or no training
  • Horses learn to flex at the poll and come into the ‘comfort zone’
  • Stainless steel comfort curved mouthpiece with copper inlay
  • Copper roller in the center promotes salivation and sensitivity
  • Distributes pressure evenly across the tongue and bars
  • Features independent side movement to deliver clear signals
  • Traditional eggbutt cheeks without hooks
  • Level:  1
  • Bit diameter:  11mm (7/16”)
  • Mouthpiece:  5”
  • A nice bit for horses with basic skills moving to more advanced training
  • Independent side movement allows rider to isolate and lift one shoulder
  • Uses tongue pressure and more bar pressure with mouth rolling onto the bars
  • Traditional eggbutt cheeks, stainless steel mouthpiece with copper inlay
  • Copper helps promote salivation and enhances sensitivity
  • Level:  2
  • Port height:  ¼”
  • Bit diameter:  14mm (1/2”)
  • Mouthpiece:  5”
FES O-Ring Sweet Iron Twisted Wire Snaffle Bit
This bit is a unique combination of a ½ smooth and ½ twisted wire mouthpiece with O-rings. This bit will help teach horses to hold the bit and break at the poll. The smooth half of the bar keep from pinching and rubbing the corners of the mouth and the twisted wire half of the inner bar keeps the tongue sensitive and responsive. The sweet iron mouth will rust over time and produce a sweet taste that will promote salivation and help soften the mouth.

Features include:

  • Unique sweet iron mouthpiece is ½ smooth and ½ twisted wire
  • Sweet iron mouthpiece will rust over time and create a sweet taste to promote salivation
  • Smooth ends and larger mouthpiece keep from pinching the corners of the mouth
  • Rings: 3 ¼”
  • Mouth: 5 ¼”
  • Bar diameter: 3/8” tapering to 3/16” twisted wire center
$44.99 $29.99
Metalab FG Clinician Eggbutt Pinchless Snaffle Bit with Rubber Covered Bars

This rubber coated eggbutt snaffle is perfect for young horses or horses that have a very light mouth.

$64.99 $59.99
  • Just the right amount of leverage to keep horses from leaning on the bit
  • Great for teaching horses to balance and carry himself correctly
  • Square mouthpiece sends a much clearer signal to the mouth
  • 3.5” stainless steel rings with a sweet iron mouthpiece
  • Sweetness of the mouthpiece increases with oxidization
  • Mouthpiece:  5”
  • Bit diameter:  8mm
$28.99 $19.99
  • Ideal for horses beginning training and learning balance
  • Independent side movement to isolate each side of the bit
  • Stainless Steel cheek and mouth with copper inlay
  • Free rotating barrel uses mostly tongue pressure
  • Curved mouthpiece allows the horse to swallow freely
  • Dressage legal by USEF regulation
  • Mouthpiece sizes:  5”, 5 1/4" or 5 1/2"
  • Level: 1
  • Bit diameter:  3/8”
  • Designed for the finished horse or for re-schooling horses
  • Low extra wide ported barrel mouth with independent side movement
  • Stainless steel mouthpiece with copper inlay and loose ring cheeks
  • Allows plenty of tongue relief while applying pressure to bars
  • USEF dressage legal
  • Port height:  1”
  • Level:  2-3
  • Mouthpiece:  5”, 5 ¼” or 5 ½”
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Herm Sprenger KK Ultra Loose Ring Bit
The KK Ultra is ergonomically designed by the Veterinary research team at University of Hanover and takes advantage of the exceptional sensitivity of the horse’s tongue. Through extensive research, the center lozenge has been shortened and the angle of the link is turned 45° to ensure the link rest fully on the tongue without pinching.

The KK Ultra mouthpiece is made using SENSOGAN, a nickel free alloy that has been improved upon for its easy acceptability by horses, taste and promoting salivation.  The SENSOGAN material consists of copper, manganese and zinc to produce its distinctive taste.  The loose rings are made of stainless steel.

Made in Germany
  • 5” or 5 ¼” 
  • Mouth: 16mm (3 ½”)
  • Center link:  1 ¼” 
  • Rings: 70mm

Tip: The arrow must always be on the left side pointing upward.
  • Thinner slow twist mouthpiece sends a stronger, clearer signal
  • Lightens the pressure required for horse to respond quickly
  • Traditional style O-ring with free moving rings
  • 3” stainless steel rings with a stainless steel mouthpiece
  • Mouthpiece:  5”
  • Bit diameter:  3 ½”
$25.99 $17.99
  • Nice bit for using on young horses in the beginning levels of training
  • Sweet copper mouth and link encourages salivation and is readily accepted
  • Sweet copper is a nickel free alloy (90% copper, 7% iron and aluminum, 3% zinc)
  • Applies pressure to the corners of the mouth and some tongue pressure
  • Stainless steel loose rings measure  2 ¾” diameter (70mm)
  • Mouth:  5”or 5 ½”
  • Bit diameter:  16mm
  • Great training bit for youngsters in the early stages of training
  • Double jointed mouth allows each side to work independently
  • Applies pressure to the bars and tongue to achieve lateral control
  • Center roller (1 3/4") helps limit boredom and eliminates the nutcracker effect
  • Stainless steel core surrounded by a soft, flexible space age polymer
  • Plastic is soft, flexible and apple scented for easy acceptability
  • Mouth:  5” with 3" Stainless Steel O-rings
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Herm Sprenger® Shine Bright KK Ultra Loose Ring Bit

Add an extra bit of bling to your dressage outfit with this updated version of the KK Ultra loose ring bit you already love.

$177.99 $157.99
More Colors Available

An O-Ring or Eggbutt snaffle bit sends a horse the maximum signal when the rider increases the rein tension. It is thought to be among the best bits for younger horses and new riders, and helps to develop lateral movement. We offer high-quality O-Ring bits and Eggbutt snaffle bits from manufacturers like FES, Herm Sprenger, Stubben and Myler.

O-Ring (Loose Ring) Snaffles

The O-Ring bit is a mild bit that comes with a variety of mouthpieces and has a free moving, loose cheek ring. These are often loose rings, which means they can move freely. These bits enhance bit movement while putting pressure on the tongue and bars. Use loose ring bits to improve body suppleness and teach lateral movement. You’ll find FES O-Ring sweet iron twisted wire snaffle bits, Herm Sprenger loose ring bits and loose ring copper snaffle bits and Myler loose ring ported barrel bits. There are loose ring bits with rollers, loose ring comfort snaffles with a free rotating barrel and slow twisted wire snaffles. Some models have a sweet iron mouthpiece that promotes salivation to soften the mouth, while others have stainless steel O-rings. If you’re using this type of bit on a younger horse in a Western discipline, a leather curb strap is frequently used so that the bit’s rings won’t slide into their mouth.

Why Use an Eggbutt Snaffle Bit?

If the O-Ring snaffle bit is chafing the corners of your horse’s mouth, you can either consider using rubber bit guards or switch to an eggbutt snaffle. This bit also helps develop a horse’s lateral movement, and it can be more comfortable for horses, because it’s not as likely as the O-Ring snaffle to pinch their lips. The fact that there’s no curb or leverage action makes this a mild snaffle bit. These are good training bits, for getting younger horses accustomed to using a bit. We have slow twist stainless steel and copper eggbutt snaffles, single-jointed stainless steel eggbutt snaffles and comfort snaffles for inexperienced horses. There are also low port snaffles, French link snaffles and forward tilt ported barrel snaffle bits. Some models use copper to encourage salivation and prevent dry mouth.