Horse Bits and more. All at Horseland.
A bit is one of the key parts of a horse’s tack. Connected to the bridle and the reins, it plays a part in the riders’ control of the horse. The mouthpiece is placed in the part of a horse’s mouth called the bars, a separation between front and back teeth, and rings on each end connect with the bridle and reins.
As riding disciplines developed over the centuries and around the world, many different varieties of bits developed too. Here’s an overview of the more basic and popular bits used today. While not complete, it should give you an idea of the variations available.
A snaffle bit is directly reined. This means that the reins attach to the rings connected to the mouthpiece for direct pressure on the bars of the mouth and corners of the mouth, lying across the tongue. The wider the diameter of the bit, the milder the pressure on the horse. Snaffle bits are recommended for both beginning riders and horses in training.