In cooperation with top riders, TRUST Equestrian developed a range of dressage bits that have acquired worldwide fame. In this blog we explain everything about the double bridle combination and the most popular snaffle bits.
Dressage curb bits
TRUST Equestrian has produced no less than 16 different dressage curb bits in four sizes. Because there is a lot of variation in the tongue of a horse, there are four different heights of the mouthpiece. You have the option from a straight bar to a high port. New in the collection are the TRUST non-fixed bits, the pumping effect allows for more movement of the bit. Of course, TRUST Equestrian also offers a range of Bradoon bits, which are available in six sizes to suit every horse. Each and every TRUST bit is anatomically shaped and made for the modern horse to ensure a perfect fit.
Ring snaffle or eggbut snaffle?
Snaffles are the most frequently used bits in the equestrian industry. But do you know the difference between the functioning of a ring snaffle (with loose rings) or an eggbut snaffle (with fixed rings)? The ring snaffle has loose and moving rings. The majority of the horses accept this bit well because of the position on the layers and the tongue. Because of the loose rings, your aid is conveyed indirectly. The eggbut snaffle is position stable in the corner of the horse’s mouth because of the fixed rings. Since the rings are not moving separately from each other, your aid is conveyed directly. The eggbut snaffle is popular for young horses.
Single- or double-jointed?
The most common mouthpiece amongst dressage riders is the double-jointed bit. A double-jointed bit consists of three parts. The middle part of the mouth piece rests on the tongue, which means the double-jointed bit exerts more pressure on the tongue than a single-jointed mouthpiece. The pressure distribution on the layers and the corners of the mouth is equal. Note that it is important to choose a double-jointed bit in the right size. If the bit is too large, there is a chance of small wounds as the joints touch the corners of the mouth. Do you want to know how to measure the right bit size? Read our previous blog here. When using a single-jointed bit, the tongue is freer than in the case of a double-jointed bit, therefore the bit works differently and exerts more pressure on the layers and side of the tongue.