What Do Bit Guards Do?

Reasons for using a bit guard include: to protect the horse’s lips from chafing or pinching by the bit rings.

to provide a better fit when the bit is too wide for the horse’s mouth.

to prevent the bit rings from being pulled through the horse’s mouth.

How do you use Bit guards?

Insert the bit ring into the guard.

  • When the bit guard is on the bit, untie or cut the twine and pull it out of the guard.
  • Do the same thing for the other bit guard, sliding it on to either side.
  • To put the bit on the horse, slide the guards to the ends so that there will be one on each side of the horse’s mouth.

Do loose ring bits pinch?

The Dee-ring is fixed in the horse’s mouth, because its shape does not allow the bit to rotate. The Dee-ring is most similar to the full cheek. Advantages: does not pinch like the loose ring, and is not as likely to be pulled through the mouth as a loose ring or eggbutt.

How is a bit measured?

Measuring For Fit

  1. Measure an old bit you know already fits. Use a tape measure to measure from the inside of each cheek piece or ring.
  2. Use a piece of string about 12 inches (30 centimeters) long. Tie a knot about 2 inches (5 centimeters) in.
  3. Mark a piece of doweling the same as for the string.
  4. Use calipers.

Can you use Bit guards in dressage?

They are not permitted in competitive dressage, and are not used in horse show hunt seat competition. A pair of bit guards with an integral forked strap, to suspend them from the browband or crownpiece of the bridle, are known as cheekers (see Frentera).

What are Cheekers?

Definition of cheeker. : a slaughterhouse worker who cuts loosened meat from hog heads and sometimes also removes tongue and brain.

Is a bitless bridle better?

Because The Bitless Bridle exerts minimal pressure and spreads this over a large and less critical area, it is more humane than a bit. It provides better communication, promotes a true partnership between horse and rider, and does not interfere with either breathing or striding. As a result, performance is improved.

Why use a loose ring bit?

The rings are also able to swivel freely in a lateral direction, allowing for clear transmission of direct rein aids, which is particularly useful with young horses. Most cheeks used in snaffle bits are able to swivel laterally, but as the name suggests, the loose ring has the least resistance in this respect.

What do I do if my ring is too loose?

An Easy Fix For an Engagement Ring That’s a TINY Bit Too Big

  • If your knuckle is wider than the base of your finger, the ring needs to be big enough to go over the knuckle.
  • If you wear your ring every day, you want it to be a tiny bit loose to accommodate for swelling. (My hands are always a little puffy—so my ring is always a little snug—after a long run!)