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Measure Your Bits

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.

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

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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.

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Then measure the width between markings with a measuring device.

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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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