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QHriderKE 09-30-2013 01:17 AM

I feel like a moron...
I bought.a nice D ring 3-piece snaffle at greenhawk the other day and read on its tag that is it a 5 1/2 inch bit. I don't ever recall that on any of my western bits.

Is there a standard bit size? That most bits are made at?
And where does 5 1/2" fit? Is it a regular fits most horses size!?

QHriderKE 09-30-2013 01:19 AM

And in this case... does size matter a whole lot?

SorrelHorse 09-30-2013 02:39 AM

Most bits are five inches I'd say, as a safe bet.

5 1/2 is bigger than you think....You could try it on and see how it looks. I see a lot of the bigger english horses showing in them. The warmblood schoolmaster I tried to elarn on a couple years ago wore a 5 1/2 like that.

tinyliny 09-30-2013 02:54 AM

in a loose ring snaffle you edge up a half inch, so you have an extra quarter inch on each side. in a D ring, a closer fit is better. You can always try it on , or measure it against one of your existing snaffles.

you saw pictures of Z, right? with the mongo head. ? he wears a 6 inch snaffle, loose ring.

Roperchick 09-30-2013 02:58 AM

my boy Charlie uses a 5 1/2 or 6 if that helps any (we call him Jug head for a reason) along with the DraftxQH gelding Im training right now.
5 seems to be the most common and pretty much all my bits are 5"

QHriderKE 09-30-2013 09:44 AM

I have the reciept so I will go back and do an exchange-a-roonie-doonie cause miss Squiggy may be beasty, but not THAT beasty XD

BlueSpark 09-30-2013 11:03 AM

my arab is in a 4.5, most other horses are a 5", my BO's large headed draft cross is a 5.5", and for reference, my cousins percherons are between a 6" and a 7".

if its a loose ring, as was mentioned, you want them a bit bigger. If your in doubt, just compare it to a bit you already have.

unclearthur 09-30-2013 05:08 PM

Your title is completely wrong, because bits ARE confusing.

For example, we'd normally measure a horses mouth straight across the tongue - I usually use a piece of binder cord with a big knot at one end to stop it pulling through ;) BUT bits are generally straight or curved (mullen), and the latter will be longer, for the same horse, measured along the bit. If you lay it down, however, and measure straight from ring to ring (taking out the curve) then obviously it'll measure the same. In theory.

There's no easy guide to bit sizes which relate to size of horse, except in very general terms. We had a 11.2hh Welsh pony who took a 4 1/2" jointed snaffle but a 4" Liverpool (straight bar) when we drove her. But I once supplied that size for a 16hh TB with a fine head.

The 14hh pony which followed took a 5" jointed snaffle and 5" Kimblewick (Kimberwick) straight bar, the same size as my old 15.2hh middleweight 3/4TB, though when I bought him a stainless eggbutt to replace his nickel bit he needed 5 1/4" because of the shape of the eggbutt rings. Or his mouth had got fatter over the years, I'm not sure which.

Now we have a 16.2hh Warmblood and a 16.1hh IDxWarmblood they both take 5 1/2" or 5 3/4" depending on the mouthpiece shape.

I hope that hasn't confused you even more, because it sure confuses me! :)

Ray MacDonald 09-30-2013 05:25 PM

It is normally, that you measure your horses mouth and then add 1/2".

unclearthur 09-30-2013 05:36 PM


Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald (Post 3761754)
It is normally, that you measure your horses mouth and then add 1/2".

That's what I usually do :)

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