What does a roller on a bit do?

Rollers. Rollers are usually made of stainless steel, copper, or both. The small, rotating pieces of metal encourage the horse to play a little with the mouthpiece, ideally relaxing its tongue and jaw. This can lead to the horse’s acceptance of the bit.

What makes a bit a correction bit?

Called a correction bit, this is a western-style bit with a high port, thin mouthpiece, and copper wire wraps. The mouthpiece is also jointed on both sides of the port. Some correction bits are very ornate. They are always attached so they are loose rather than rigid or fixed.

What is a port bit?

A port is an inverted “U” in the middle of the mouthpiece on some bits. A very low port may appear to be only a slight rise, while a very high port can be quite high—over two inches in very high ones. Some snaffle bits have a port, but they are most commonly seen on curb bits.

Are twist bits harsh?

The single twist wire snaffle is a very severe bit for two reasons. Firstly, the thinner a mouthpiece is, the more severe it is. So, by definition this wire snaffle is very severe. Secondly, the fact that the wire is twisted makes it strong across the bars and tongue of the horse’s mouth.

What is the most gentle bit?

One of the most common types of snaffle bit is the eggbutt, which is considered to be the gentlest type of snaffle bit because it doesn’t pinch the corners of the horse’s mouth. It has an egg-shaped connection between the mouthpiece and the bit-ring.

Can you show in a correction bit?

Correction bit shank styles can be plain, have an antique brown finish, or silver overlay trim for a show bit. Use correction bits with care. They are often used in reining shows and other competitions that require a finished horse and soft handed rider.

What bit to use for reining?

The National Reining Horse Association Rules Riders must use a reining bit with a shank length that does not exceed 8 ½” . The mouthpiece must not be less than 5/16” thick and cannot contain wire wrapping. A port is restricted to a height of 3 ½”. Crickets and rollers are allowed.

Is a snaffle bit harsh?

While direct pressure without leverage is milder than pressure with leverage, nonetheless, certain types of snaffle bits can be extremely harsh when manufactured with wire, twisted metal or other “sharp” elements. A thin or rough-surfaced snaffle, used harshly, can damage a horse’s mouth.

What kind of correction bits do you use?

Correction mouthpieces are used on shank bits, gag bits or combination bits. There are numerous configurations to choose from that include materials like copper, sweet iron or stainless steel. Correction bit shank styles can be plain, have an antique brown finish, or silver overlay trim for a show bit.

Which is the best correction bit for horses?

Use correction bits with care. HorseLoverZ carries Darnall, Metalab, Direct Equine, Professionals Choice and more. All our Western correction bits for sale come with the HorseLoverZ 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Correction bits for horses are training bits used by advanced riders.

Can a port bit be used with a curb chain?

Some correction bits like the kimberwicks have hooks for use with a curb chain. Correction bits and port bits are available in stainless steel, copper, and copper rollers mouthpieces. When copper is added to the mouthpiece of a bit, it works to promote the horse’s salivation glands.

How big is a corrective bit mouthpiece?

Some correction bit shanks are highly decorated with dots, ornate sterling silver plates, or have engraved cheeks. Swivel cheeks on your correction bit allow the rider to work each side separately while schooling. Standard mouthpiece size for the correction and port bit is 5″ wide with different sized ports.