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Horse Bit Gallery

| Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz

History of Bits, Evolution of the Double Bridle

The history behind the upper-level dressage bit configuration. By Gerhard Politz for Dressage Today magazine.

Is your snaffle bit the right width for your horse? Use this handy tool to check and see. | H&R Photo Files

Measure Your Horse's Mouth for Proper Bit Sizing

Use this handy tool to measure the width of your horse's mouth for proper bit sizing.

The gag cheekpiece passes through holes in the top and bottom of the bit ring and has a ring at the bottom to which the rein attaches. |? Photos by Mandy Lorraine

Fitting a Gag Bit Correctly

An Olympic gold medal eventer explains how a gag bit needs to fit to be both effective and comfortable.

| Three-ring snaffle bit

Expert Answer: Three-Ring Snaffle Bits

An Olympic jumper rider and a bit-design expert team up to answer a reader's question about three-ring snaffle horse bits.

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Types of Horse Bits

Most tack stores offer an overwhelming selection of bits for sale. Knowing the difference between snaffles and curbs will help you decide which type of bit is right for your horse.

| Jayne Pedigo

The Bit Gallery - Fitting Snaffle Bits

Choosing a bit which fits your horse is important for his comfort.

Uxeter Kimberwick | © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Uxeter Kimberwick

Description and uses of the Uxeter Kimberwick bit.

| ? Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Tom Thumb Western Snaffle

Description and uses of the Tom Thumb Western Snaffle.

| © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Slow Twist Eggbutt Snaffle

Description and uses of the eggbutt snaffle with a slow twisted mouthpiece.

|© Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Twisted Wire Snaffle

Description and uses of the Twisted Wire Snaffle.

| Jayne Pedigo

The Bit Gallery - Curb Bits

The length of the shanks on curb bits affects the severity of the bit.

Pelham Bit | Copyright Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Pelham

Description and uses of the Pelham bit.

Mullen-Mouthed Snaffle | © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Mullen-Mouthed Snaffle

Description and uses of the mullen-mouthed snaffle bit.

Mouthpieces | © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - What are Bits Made Of?

Many bits are available with mouthpieces made from a variety of different materials, from steel to synthetic materials.

Bit port | © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - How the Port Affects the Action

How the port affects the action of both English and Western curb bits.

| © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Loose-Ring Snaffle

Description and uses of the loose ring snaffle.

Kimberwick bit | Photo Copyright Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Kimberwick/Kimblewick

Description and uses of the Kimberwick, or Kimblewick bit.

Jointed Snaffle Bit | © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Jointed Snaffle

Description and uses of the jointed snaffle.

| © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Full Cheeked Slow Twist Snaffle

Description and uses of the Full Cheeked Slow Twist Snaffle.

| © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Full Cheeked Eggbutt Snaffle

Desciption and uses of the Full Cheeked Eggbutt snaffle.

French Link Snaffle Bit | © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - French Link Snaffle

Description and uses of the French Link snaffle.

Eggbutt Snaffle Bit | © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Eggbutt Snaffle

Description and uses of the eggbutt snaffle.

Dr Bristol | © Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Dr. Bristol Mouthpiece

Description and uses of the Dr. Bristol mouthpiece.

Bridoon | Photo Copyright Jayne Wilson

The Bit Gallery - Double Bridle

Description and uses of the double bridle, which uses two bits, the snaffle (or bridoon) and the curb.