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Spade Bits

Spade Bits
Spade Bits
Spade bits, often called cathedral bits, are an advanced western horse bit with a specialized ported mouthpiece and long, often ornate shanks. Shop our assortment of spade bits with mouthpieces including high port, copper, roller or cathedral shape from top brands like Robert Pinchless™ and FES.
FES Competitor Ball Jointed Spade
FES Cathedral Mouth Bit with Dots
FES Cathedral With Silver Cheeks
FES Congress Cathedral Bit
Robart™ Precision Cathedral Bit

Popular Spade Bits for Your Horses

The spade bit is a traditional vaquero design for a type of curb bit for horses. With straight, and often ornate shanks, spade bits are considered a highly advanced bit.

The spade bit is a ported bit with a straight bar and a narrow "spooned" port. Spade bits apply pressure to the horse’s palate and depending on the size, some more pressure than others. As an advanced bit it requires the soft and independent hands of an experienced rider.

Western Spade Bits

Spade bits for the western horse are available in stainless steel, black steel and copper, or with copper inlays. Copper added to a horse bit works to promote the horse’s salivation glands.

Certain spade bits are available with swivel cheeks and swivel port allowing the rider to work each side separately while schooling.

Standard mouthpiece size for the spade bit is 5" wide with different sized ports.

Riding a horse in a spade bit is a process as not all horses have the mouth shape or temperament appropriate for its use.

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