Does my bit fit?
I was wondering if my bit fits my horse. It's a snaffle that resembles the picture below.http://tackroominc.com/images/140450sm.jpg
Watching a video on how to fit a bridle to your horse, they went over proper bit fitting and that got me curious so I checked my own. I've never had issues with the bit I use but it doesn't have any extra 'space' on the outside of the mouth. the video said there should be at least a thumb length on either side of the horse's mouth.
Below is my horse and the bit she wears. As you can see it looks like a snug fit and I'm guessing it's might be to small? She's never showed signs of irritation or discomfort before and I've been riding her in this bit for about 2 years. She plays with it once in a while- like she's 'chewing' on it but her ears are always up and there are no signs of sores.
How can I check this and , if need be, measure my horse for a bit that fits better?
Your picture isn't showing up. To measure for a bit, put a measuring tape or string inside her mouth at the corners and add 1/4 to 1/2 inch to that measurement. With a loose ring snaffle, it's really important that there's at least 1/8" clearance on each side because it's a bit with a lot of movement if not used with a flash.
Take note that the bit you posted is a gag, not a snaffle. Is that the bit you're using, or are you using a loose ring snaffle without the tiny rings at the top and bottom?
It's a loose ring snaffle, without the little rings on it.
( I tried posting the picture of my horse again- not sure if it'll work though :wink:
Okay, just wanted to make sure we're talking about the same bit! Your picture still isn't working. Try uploading it to the forum by clicking "Go Advanced", then clicking the paperclip and uploading it that way.
Alright, Let's try this again! lol
Picture worked this time. It's hard to tell from the side but it seems a little snug. Can you take a picture from the front?
Sure thing! Here are some pictures from the front showing both the left and right side. The bottom link is just to show how close the outer part of the bit is to her mouth.
I'm getting an error message when I try to open them. Try uploading them like you did the first.
You're going to have to either save them to your computer and upload them as attachments (like you did your last one) or save them to a photo-sharing site like photobucket or flikr. Since your e-mail is a secure site, we can't see the photos you've copied links to.
That being said, I agree that the one picture looks a bit snug. As far as loose rings go, I'd rather have them just a touch big than a touch small.
Basic rule of thumb is to use a stick to measure the horse's mouth and then add 1/2 inch (because that will give you 1/4 inch of space on either side to avoid pinching/pressure).
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