I had bought this butterfly bit in June this year, I have seen lots of people use this style for years. I purchased the bit with the three loops on the shank, thinking it looked a little better with the longer shanks on such a big horse like P, but then I did not like using it every day because I felt it was big and heavy. Well it seems that the butterfly bit is used on multiples to keep the horses from getting into their partners reins. And a single horse with shaft tips has a chance of getting the bottom loop on the bit caught on the shaft tips, it is amazing what a horse can get into, can you imagine that catastrophe. The above and the fact that P every once in a while got his tongue over the butterfly bit. I had heard about my new bit style when at the American Driving Society's meeting in WI. So I went to the National Drive in KY. The Bowman’s who make bits were there as a vendor, and I was able to talk to them about the bit and they told me how they made it. Also a big plus was that the Bowman’s let me try out the bit before I paid for it.
Originally Posted by BigGreyHorse
New bit is beautiful! What made you choose that particular bit?
I took a lesson with the new bit and the clinition and P and I seemed to like it. I know it is not going to solve all my problems, but is sure is beautiful to look at.
This is a 5 1/2" Mullen mouth butterfly bit.
Used on multiples or with short shafts, like on a marathon vehicle.
Can have 2 or 3 loops, and any type of mouth piece. DSC01645.jpg DSC01646.jpg