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Spade Bits

Spade Horse Bits
Spade Horse Bits
Spade horse bits, often called cathedral bits, are designed to allow riders to use softer hand aids while also encouraging their horse to flex. Improve your communication with your horse by choosing from our large selection of spade horse bits.
Robart™ Spring Loaded Spade Mouth Bit
$113.99
$79.99
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The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 12 Reviews
FES Cathedral Mouth Bit with Dots
$70.99
$49.99
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The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 Reviews
FES Competitor Ball Jointed Spade
$92.99
$59.99
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The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
FES Cathedral Mouth Bit with Antique Finish
$99.99
$69.99
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The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 8 Reviews
FES Cathedral With Silver Cheeks
$78.99
$54.99
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The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 Reviews
Robart™ Precision Cathedral Bit
$106.99
$74.99
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The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 20 Reviews
FES Congress Cathedral Bit
$63.99
$44.99
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The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
FES Cathedral with Aluminum Engraved Cheeks
$71.99
$49.99
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The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review

All About Horse Spade Bits

Spade Horse Bits can look intimidating to riders who have never used them before but they can be useful if used properly. Though spade bits are not designed for young horses or riders, they are not as severe as many might think. Its intense design is engineered to give the horse light signals and allow them to respond before pressure is applied to the bit.

The Spade horse bit usually has long shanks, a curb chain, and a high port. This kind of bit can also come with a roller bar which encourages the horse to salivate to keep their mouth supple. The high port design found on most spade horse bits is to help the bit sit in the horse's mouth and allow space for the tongue. If used correctly spade horse bits can be much gentler than other simpler bits.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spade Horse Bits

What is a spade horse bit?

Spade horse bits are western style bits with long shanks and a high port. These bits are used for very well trained western horses who can efficiently respond to light aids from their rider. They are specifically designed to give the horse extra time to respond to rein aids before pressure is applied.

What are spade horse bits used for?

Spade horse bits are mainly used by advanced western riders who are riding a true ‘bridle horse’. This means that their horse has completed their training and is ready to use a spade horse bit.

Why do people use spade bits on horses?

Spade horse bits are used for horses who are very responsive to their riders hand aids. These bits can be gentler than bits with a simple design if they are used on the right horse. Soft hand aids are very effective when using a spade horse bit due to its design.

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