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post #1 of 27 Old 01-07-2009, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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measure for a bit

im trying to get Major all new tack since almost all that I use right now is borrowed. I need to know how to measure for bit size. weird question, I know...but while shopping for bits I realized that they all have sizes on them. Also, any advice on headstall buying would be much appreciated!


some info on my horse in case ya need it: TWH, he is about 11 years old, his saddle is most likely gonna be an aussie endurance (well im leaning heavily towards those anyway) I think thats everything....but if I left something important out let me know.
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post #2 of 27 Old 01-07-2009, 06:32 PM
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I know you can use a piece of string to measure the mouth. Just attach it to a halter. But I don't recall how many inches you're suppose to add to the measurement.
Heres an article I found where they use a hose hope it helps
Measure Your Horse's Mouth for Proper Bit Sizing


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oh sounds like it will work...at least get me in the ballpark....wich is really all I need. I will give it a try tomorrow, when its light outside and easier to see.
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The average size for a bit for a full grown horse is 5 inches.
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The average size for a bit for a full grown horse is 5 inches.

I would consider 5 to be quite small. granted I come from the hunter/jumper world where 16.2 is an average size horse.... but I have a quarter pony that uses a 5.5. I can use that bit on a lot of smaller horses and my 5.75 on most of the larger ones. My 5.25 is generally my pony bit. I have a 4.5 that i use on itty bitty ponies.

Take a piece of string and stick it in his mouth like a bit. Measure from one edge of his mouth to the other. That is your bit size. It is always better to be too big then too small.
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I didnt realize how tough it is to buy tack for horses. I have no experience so I have no way of knowing if Majors mouth is kinda small, average or big. I appreciate everyones input...ty so very much. I really dont know what I would do without this forum and all the helpful people here. I plan on gettin Major all new tack before the end of this coming weekend. I want to get him a new halter, lead rope, bridle, saddle and saddle pad. Now...thanks to ya'll...maybe I will get it right
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upnover, I have to disagree with you. 5" is the average size for a horse. I would strongly suggest measuring your horse's mouths regardless of what you currently use.

My 1,100 lb QH only measures 5", my 13h pony measures 4 3/4". The 1,220 16.1 QH I had for training last summer measured for 5 1/4". Having a bit that is too large is like walking in shoes that are too large - they just don't do the job properly.

The way I measure a mouth is to tie a string on to a thin stick, fit the string in my horse's mouth with the stick against one side of his mouth, as I would a bit, and mark the other side of the string with a Magic Marker. Then all I need to do is measure between the stick and the mark I made.

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im trying to get Major all new tack since almost all that I use right now is borrowed. I need to know how to measure for bit size. weird question,
Take a bit you know fits and measure the the mouthpiece only ( the part that actually goes in the mouth). That is the length from the inside of the ring on one side to the inside of the ring on the other side.
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The way I measure a mouth is to tie a string on to a thin stick, fit the string in my horse's mouth with the stick against one side of his mouth, as I would a bit, and mark the other side of the string with a Magic Marker. Then all I need to do is measure between the stick and the mark I made.
and add 1/2".
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upnover, I have to disagree with you. 5" is the average size for a horse.

well like i said, maybe my perspective of "average" is a little off. the majority of the horses at our barn are giant warmbloods with clunky heads so there are quite a few big bits floating around. I definitely agree with measuring your horse's mouth to know for sure though. I just bought a 5.25 for my quarter pony hoping it would fit and it was so small the rings were pinching in the sides of his mouth.
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