Pleasure Rider

I have an 11.3hh section A pony that a drive in a small trap. I currently have him in an eggbutt french link. His mouth is only 4 inch and h

e needs little rings but I notice that the eggbutt pony you supply is 4.5” which is too big!! I think the loose ring would be ok but would like some advice really! Also how soft is the metal of the mouth piece? It doesn’t get sharp bits on if the pony bites it does it?

All of the performance pony range is designed using the same mouthpiece with the Tranz angled lozenge in a 10mm thickness. This is a mild mouthpiece, ergonomically designed using the unique NS Salox Gold material. The metal is very warm and promotes acceptance of the bit quicker than those made of other colder metals. Salox Gold is a softer metal than stainless steel; however, it is extremely strong and has many benefits such as its high thermal conductivity. We have developed a softer metal to have a slight damping effect when contact between the tooth enamel and mouthpiece is made (in comparison to stainless steel and other harder bit metals) this ensures there are no unintended vibrations. The Salox mouthpiece can be marked by a horses teeth, however, this does not have a detrimental effect on the performance of the bit and it is unlikely the surface will mark to such a degree that is will become rough or sharp in any way, we must remember no one horse is the same. We will be looking to introduce the remaining sizes in the Eggbutt but unfortunately I am unable to give a date for when this may be. If you don’t have any specific issues with your pony’s way of going then you should find the loose ring perfectly suitable. If however you are requiring a little help with say, directional control, an Eggbutt /fixed cheek style does support with this and in this instance we would suggest the full cheek. If the pony had a tendency to poke the nose out then we would suggest the Baucher/hanging cheek. It really is down to how the pony generally goes and if there is any area the rider/driver is requiring help in. With the pony being a 4” in the Eggbutt (a fixed cheek) we would suggest a 4.25” in a loose ring as you need to take into consideration the hole that the ring travels through to avoid the ponies lips from covering any part of that. You may even want to consider hiring a loose ring to see how your pony goes; there are many bit banks which allow you to trial the bit before you buy which is an excellent method of confirming you are acquiring the correct bit type.

A friend of mine recommended I look into a Neue Schule bit for my Warmblood mare. I have only had her 7 months but have tried an array of bi

ts, she seems happy in a French link, full cheek, happy mouth snaffle when ridden. However my main discipline is carriage Driving and I cannot find a happy mouth Liverpool or Butterfly bit in the right size for her mouth. This is when my friend recommended your bits as they worked so well for her horses. Do you do any Liverpool or Butterfly Pelhams? If so how do I go about ordering one?

The NS Ride & Drive Snaffle offers extra lift from the shoulder and increases control without discomfort or severity. This clever cheek also reinforces directional control and turning, and stabilises the mouthpiece ensuring the correct contact points are employed at all times when rein aids are applied. The NS Tranz mouthpiece is ergonomically designed for both comfort and communication. The rounded lozenge/bean is set on at a unique 20° angle activating more feel over the tongue. When a contact is taken, the lozenge rolls gently down contouring smoothly over the tongue’s thicker less sensitive centre (the sweet spot), utilising feel but not abusing it, thereby enabling clearly defined aids to be given through the reins. The arms are slightly curved for comfort and of an oval profile. This clever design takes up less room between the tongue and upper palate whilst offering a similar weight bearing surface from the horse’s perspective as thicker, more obtrusive circular profile mouthpieces. This ergonomic design very subtly depresses the whole of the tongue and the oval profiles help to create a larger upper airway, enhancing the horse’s ability to breathe and swallow.

I was just wondering whether the Neue Schule Team-Up bit is dressage legal as I have a horse with a very soft and sensitive mouth and I am s

tarting to look for a new bit for her but I would obviously like to dressage in it to do BE and pony club etc.

Yes the NS Team Up bit is dressage legal for BE, BD, SJ, RC and PC activities. It is a mild, ergonomically designed mouthpiece which encourages the horse to relax the jaw and accept the contact.

I presently ride in a loose ring snaffle 12.5 mm bit. I am interested in purchasing a NS Tranz-Angled Lozenge D-Ring bit. What length would

I need to purchase in inches and is it recognised in Germany for dressage tests. My horse has a tendency of sticking his tongue out and evading the bits, also foams quite a lot. Has this bit shown good results in dealing with this kind of problem?

We generally suggest you go down a size when going from a loose ring into a fixed cheek such as the D-ring. So you would look at needing a 4.75” (120mm) in the D-ring design. However from the comments you have made regarding your horse displaying tongue evasions the D might not necessarily be the answer you are looking for and we do have other designs which are specifically engineered to help eradicate tongue evasions. A horse who displays evasions such as the one you describe can be the result of many different factors but the most common is related to horses that have large tongues, small mouths and very little room to accommodate both tongue and bit. I believe the D-ring is dressage legal in Germany as is the Eggbutt and Full cheek but NOT the Baucher (hanging cheek). The Verbindend is the design I would most likely to recommend, if you would like more information on this particular design please visit our website or we do have a Youtube channel where you will find a very informative video giving you all the information you would require on this particular design. www.youtube.com/neueschulebits

I am about to buy a weymouth slimma/verbindend bridoon combination but I was wondering if I would not be better off staying with a bridoon t

he same size than my snaffle (also a verbindend) instead to go up 1/4′ as usual. Although my mare usually wears a 5 ¾”, I noticed that the verbindend seems a little bigger, I think that it is because of the shape of the bit. I am afraid that a 6″ bridoon would be too big. Do you find that people who use a verbindend bridoon go up 1/4 inch, as we usually do for other bits?

If you are currently already using a Verbindend as your everyday snaffle and you are happy this fits correctly then we would suggest the Bridoon you order to be the SAME size if this is also the Verbindend design. It is the Weymouth that you would generally go DOWN a ¼ “. So for example if your mare is in a 5.75” snaffle in the Verbindend your double combination would consist of a 5.75” Verbindend Bridoon and 5.5” Slimma Weymouth. When fitting the Weymouth you will know if this fits correctly if NO part of the mouthpiece is showing out of the mouth, your mares lips should gently spread and brush against the cheeks/shanks. Always check the fit of your bit at rest AND with a contact as 95% of the time the bits are employed whilst you have a contact and they do take a different position so this can have an effect on the sizes you may need.

Looking for advice choosing a better bit for my lovely 6 year old Welsh cob gelding. I have owned him for a year and currently ride him in a

Shire’s hollow mouth lozenge eggbutt snaffle 51/2. It seems to be a good width for him and he is not overly strong in it. Having researched the subject further I have come to realise that large mouth pieces are not necessarily kinder in terms of lack of space within the mouth and would like to find a better bit. We are both relatively inexperienced in terms of schooling but try our best! He is rather on the forehand at times and I sometimes find it hard to encourage him into a round outline though we are improving. We have been doing mostly hacking/schooling and have done some intro dressage and jumping. I would like to do a bit of everything: low level showing/dressage/jumping and would really like to do endurance pleasure rides next year.

The Verbindend would certainly be a logical choice of bit to try on your horse. It is dressage legal and used by pleasure rider through to International level. This is an excellent all-round design. It gives you the most help with lift from the shoulder encouraging your horse to work through from behind. The mouthpiece is shaped to encompass the tongue offering essential tongue relief this promotes relaxed, quiet acceptance of the bit. The mouthpiece is ergonomically designed and made using Salox gold material, this metal is specifically designed to go in the horse’s mouth. It has extremely high thermal conductivity so heats up to body temperature within seconds. Again this promotes relaxed acceptance of the bit. When a horse relaxes the jaw this allows you to obtain a consistent contact that is also sustainable. We do suggest if you order a Verbindend to go up a ¼” in size as due to the curvature of the mouthpiece it shortens in the mouth when a contact is taken so you may need to consider a 5 ¾”. The Verbindend comes in 2 thicknesses, based on the age of your horse the 16mm would be the best thickness to go for as it has a heavier weight bearing surface, 16mm is generally the average thickness you will find used.

I have a 4 rising 5 year old that is going in your starter loose ring snaffle. I have actually competed him (ridden showing) in this bit thi

s season but unfortunately he needs to go in either a double or a pelham for next season (he has de-noviced himself so will be open next season). What would you recommended? He has a very very light mouth, have had the odd problem with tilting his head but on the whole gives a very sweet right. I don’t want to over bit him as he isn’t that in your hand in the starter bit.

Based on the information you provided a logical choice of bit would be to try the Tranz angled Pelham (80237P). The mouthpiece on the NS tranz Pelham is one that is used on many of our designs including our Dressage legal loose rings. Mild in action this will give you the two rein option you are requiring for the show ring. As I’m sure you are aware the curb will only kick in if you want it to so you are effectively employing just the snaffle ring. We would suggest when first introducing this type of design to pad the curb chain using either a rubber sleeve or gel liner. As with any new piece of kit, we must introduce the bit slowly and methodically and in a safe environment. Start by walking him in hand first, when you’re in the plate just a few simple up and down transitions, to get him used to the feel of a new mouthpiece. We forget that even the smallest of changes can be huge from the horse’s perspective.


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