The Best Bit For Your Horse – choosing the right Mouthpiece
By Hadrien Dykiel
First things first, what is the mouthpiece? The mouthpiece is the part of the bit that is actually in the horse’s mouth.
Let’s try to figure out the best mouthpiece for your horse.
Jointed Mouthpiece – A popular and simple option. The jointed mouthpiece forms a “V” in the horse’s mouth when pulled on, making it uncomfortable for the horse. Because of the single joint, the pressure from the bit is slightly uneven.
Double Jointed Mouthpiece – This mouthpiece has an extra piece in the middle. Instead of forming a “V” when pulled on, it forms more of a “U”. This makes it a softer bit than the jointed mouthpiece bits because it’s not as pointy in the horse’s mouth. It also applies pressure more evenly in the horse’s mouth. There are different variations of double jointed mouthpieces. The french link is one of the softest, since the middle piece lays flat in the horse’s mouth. The ball link is slightly stronger, while the Dr. Bristol is even stronger because of the angle and shape of the middle piece.
Rollers – The rollers, which are often made out of copper, encourage salivation. The rollers increase the severity of the bit a little.
Port – Some mouthpieces have a curve in the middle. Low ports relieve some pressure from the tongue, making them softer than a straight mouth bar. High ports make the bit stronger by hitting the roof of the horse’s mouth when pulled on.
Wire Bit Mouthpieces – These are thin and twisted mouthpieces that are very severe. Anytime a mouthpiece is thin, it makes it much more severe than a thicker mouthpiece, which is considered soft. Think of how a “wire” can cut in a horse’s mouth much more than something wider. Similarly, extra features like twists also make the bit harsher.
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