Find the Bit Your Horse Needs
Finding the perfect bit for your horse can be a difficult process and can sometimes take several tries to find out which bit your horse likes and allows you to have the correct amount of control. Here at Equestrian Collections we offer the largest selection of bits in a variety of sizes.
If you need a specific size, whether it is a 4.5" pony bit, or a 6" warmblood size, you can easily find bits available in that size by using the search filter at the top of the category page once you've chosen which general type of bit your horse or pony needs.
Not sure what size bit you need?
The easiest way is to use a bit sizer that is made specifically to measure the horse's mouth. However, you can also use a piece of dowel rod and gently place it in your horses' mouth like a bit and then mark the sides of your horse's mouth on the rod. Once you've marked it then measure the markings. If your horse is between sizes you will want to size up.
What is an English Bit?
There are literally hundreds of varieties of English Bits available. Each has their own particular uses, and most trainers and professional riders have a few favorites that they turn to again and again.
The mouthpiece on a bit does not rest on the teeth, rather, it sits on the interdental space behind the front incisors and in front of the back molars. This area of the mouth is referred to as the "bars." It is important that a bit fit this area properly - bit size is based on the width of a horses jaw at the interdental space.
Roughly speaking there are two broad categories of bits - direct pressure bits, and leverage bits. Most English bits are direct pressure; pressure on the reins acts directly on the mouthpiece with pressure on the bars, tongue and occasionally the roof of the mouth. Leverage bits, on the other hand, have some form of shank on the cheek piece, which transfers rein pressure to the poll and chin groove, while it also applies pressure to the mouth.
Some English Bits are hybrids. A Pelham, for instance, has a two rein design that allows the rider to use either direct, or leverage pressure with the same bit.