Recent Changes, Rodney’s Bit

Training Journal

If you’re riding a horse, you’ve already won.

Photo by Jeremy Villar

Old Bit [Worth 1000 Words] Sprenger UK: Stainless Steel Butterfly Bit

New Bit [Getting Our Hunter On] Sprenger UK: Stainless Steel D-Ring

“The Max-control is a double-jointed bit which … locks at a certain angle and thus becomes a straight bar.” Sprenger UK: Stainless Steel D-Ring. Bit images from Sprenger website.

Same mouthpiece, different cheekpieces. Rodney accepted the change without comment. This was what I was hoping for. I did not count on it.

It’s a little too big. The company does not make/carry his exact size. I figured better too big than too small. Also, I would have preferred one would have worked in both hunters and dressage, for example an eggbutt. No dice. This one seemed to be the best option available. In the dressage arena, we will look like escapees from the hunter ring. We’ll probably look like that with or without a D-ring bit.

The company markets the straight bar position as a more severe option. To my mind, it is gentler. A regular snaffle would collapse in half. Given the shape of Rodney’s snootbox, this means the end of the V bops him on the roof of his mouth. That’s why I borrowed then bought the driving version from Coach Kate in the first place. I figure he would like the lack of pointiness in his mouth. At that time, being street legal was the last thing on my mind.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Categories: Dressage, Horses, Tack

8 replies »

  1. I used an eggbutt snaffle on both my horses, they seemed to like it. Priney was using a mild twist snaffle when I got her, but she didn’t really need it.

  2. Tagline. I was concerned that it was too sappy. Thoughts on this in an upcoming post.

    “…lost.” 😦 You have great memories. Dunno if that makes it better or worse.

    Street legal. The old bit is a driving bit and not acceptable in a dressage ring.

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