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post #1 of 13 Old 05-02-2014, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Are Sprenger bits worth the price?

I am looking to replace my gelding's bit, as we are getting back into more serious training. I have previously been riding him in a simple and cheap loose ring french link (I think it's 6" wide and somewhere around 20mm thickness), which is kind of wearing out and getting sharp edges by the ring holes now.
My horse is very responsive and I'd want to stick with something similarly soft, but a bit better quality wise and with an egg butt instead of a loose ring.
We are going to Europe for a vacation in May, so I was looking at stuff I could bring back from there, and came across these:

Krämer Pferdesport Online-Shop

Theybcome in different mterials, but same thing really. It looks nice, but the price tag (122€) kind of made me gulp. In principle I'm not against spending money on my horse, but only if it's really useful. So I was wondering if anyone had some insight whether these bits are really so superior that they justify the high price...
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-02-2014, 08:32 PM
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I love Herm Sprenger bits! You can put my horse in the exact same bit with the exact same rider, but every time he will go better in the Sprenger. It's all I use.
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All my horses go better in a Herm Sprenger bit. My TB decided he liked it so much that he wouldn't ride in my other bridle with a plain snaffle and I had to get a second one!

They are actually different from many of the knock-offs, too. The cheaper versions are wider, heavier, and flatter and my horses did not go well in them. If you want to try a basic one, though, Horse & More bits from Dover are made under license from Herm Sprenger, so are the same design, but only cost about $40. I have one of those and a real Herm Sprenger and they are hard to tell apart, and my horses like them equally. There are also lots of places that will rent the bit to you to try out.

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I strongly suspect most horses who are already going fine in a loose ring snaffle that is getting worn out will continue to go well in just about any decent <$30 eggbutt snaffle. The training and the hands...

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I think the bit matters more when you ride with a lot of contact even if you have good hands. I can ride a horse western in about anything because I hardly touch it. I'm putting some pressure in the bit in dressage all the time. Some horse's mouth conformation just works better with a bit with a rounded center link, too. I notice a big difference between the rounded link and a plain french link on one of my horses. The pony monster is good in about anything, but actually foams a little with a Sprenger bit, so there can be improvement even if the horse doesn't complain about the current bit. I'm still a fan of the Horse & More option if you've never used one, though. I have known of horses that don't like them for whatever reason.

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post #6 of 13 Old 05-03-2014, 04:43 AM
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Hi,
I am interested to know why you are thinking of changing the bit? If he is responsive and soft surely these are good principles to build work up from? I am in the UK so I am not sure about the US but here we have companies that will let you trial bits (for a fee) before you buy. This way you can see how well your horse goes before spending a lot of money.
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-03-2014, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, he is responsive and soft (he's a pretty sensitive horse overall). The reason I want to change the bit is that we are getting back into a bit more serious dressage training, and while the old one is ok for trails on a loose rein and the occasional arena ride, I'd like to upgrade now.
I am building on what has worked in the past, I'd like to stick with a double jointed, soft bit...

Horse & More is a good idea, thanks!

Actually I was hoping that the proces for Sprenger would be cheaper in Germany, but it doesn't make much difference.
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-04-2014, 06:37 PM
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I'm still a fan of the Horse & More option if you've never used one, though. I have known of horses that don't like them for whatever reason.
This is a very good suggestion. I know a lot of people who love their Sprenger bits (and their horses do too) that have lasted them a LONG time. I also have a friend who's gelding absolutely hates the Herm Sprenger bit she has. Her other gelding? Adored it. She has a couple different types & styles too (and different metals) - he can't stand them. This gelding would rather have a simple full cheek snaffle.
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In my opinion (and experience) and my opinion only I think they are over rated and over priced. I have riden horses with Sprenger and the same with a cheaper but same style bit with absolute no difference. BUT they are very well balanced bits. However you can find the same thing with out shelling out the big bucks with other bits. Like what was stated above with Dover you can find well made and well balanced bits with out the cost its just they arent associated with the big name. Many larger names do put out cheaper (not nessesarily in quality) products for a more economical draw from those that can't pay the higher prices. I don't find the Herm Sprenger stirrups to be of anytnhing great either but then again I havent the luxury of spending alot of money on such things but have used them (owned by others) from time to time and never saw that great of a difference to SOME (not all) of the so called knockoffs. That is where being a bit savy with equipment and what they are made of comes in handy. Many but not all knockoffs are crap. I have found that Coronet bits are decent made and seem to be well balanced bits with decent price tags and I have had them and used to use them regularly with no problems what so ever and I mean none. (I don't ride any more so they arent in use any more).. So if you have the $$$$ then go for it but if not buy used or Check out Horse and More Dover, I don't think you will go wraong in that regard.....at least I havent in the past.

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post #10 of 13 Old 05-08-2014, 02:44 PM
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I adore the Sprenger range, and the Neue Schultz range.
My thought is, a bit is the only piece of tack that actually goes IN the horse - it deserves a good quality comfortable bit.
I have always had good results with the above bits and they will last a lifetime if cared for.
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