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How to fit a bit to your horses mouth

The way a bit fits in your horses mouth can effect even the best trained horse. A bit should have a 1/8 to a 1/4 inch gap on both sides of the horses mouth, allowing for controlled movement and to avoiding pinching. Our standard mouthpiece width is 5 1/8". You can get the measurements of your horses mouth a number of different ways. Some of the most common are listed below.

1)   Measure the mouthpieces of a bit you know fits your horses mouth.


2)   Place a clean measuring device directly in your horses mouth and note the width from corner to corner.


3)   Place a clean mark-able object, that is not very large in diameter, directly in your horses mouth and mark the width from corner to corner directly on the object.


Then measure the width between markings with a measuring device.


The measurement obtained is the size of your horses mouth and can be used when ordering bits from all makers. Remember to leave between 1/8 and 1/4 inch on both sides of the horses mouth.

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