Short S Shank Bit #B2
Description: This Steel Short S Shank Bit #B2 is made from high strength 4130 steel. The shanks are 6 3/4 inches in length and overlaid with hand engraved nickel silver. This bit is available with your choice of 4 mouthpieces (see picture at left). All mouthpieces are 5 1/8 inches wide, 7/16th inch in diameter and have copper strips inlaid to promote salivation. The bit is NRCHA legal with either the #4B or #4F roller mouthpiece and comes with the #BH41 Latigo Bit Hobble (shown) when a roller mouthpiece is ordered.
How it works: Because the shanks have a slight “S” angle they allow the horse a short amount of time after reins are adjusted (pulled) to respond to the cue before the mouthpiece makes contact with the sides of mouth, tongue, and roof of the mouth, the headstall crown piece makes contact with the poll, and the curb strap makes contact with the chin. This is a mild solid shank bit that works well for many disciplines and on many horses.
Shown with the 4F mouthpiece w/roller.
Eggbutt Snaffle Bit #18
Description: The Eggbutt Snaffle Bit #18 is made of Stainless Steel. The mouthpiece is 5 1/8 inches wide, slightly bowed and has inlaid copper strips to increase salivation. It is 3/8th inch in diameter at the corners of the mouth and gradually tapers to 1/4 inch in the center.
How it works: When each rein is pulled the eggbutt snaffle bit will give a clearer signal than a ring snaffle because there is a larger area of contact on the corner of the mouth and contact on the opposite side of the face. This helps the colt to bring his whole face through the turn rather than just his nose. This bit is NRCHA & AQHA legal.
This is my favorite snaffle and I use it on almost all my young horses. Dennis
8″ Aluminum Shanked Bit #B8
Description: The 8″ shanks on this bit are made of aluminum. They are lighter weight than a steel bit which makes this a milder bit than a steel bit. It’s designed so the junction at the mouthpiece and shanks will never pinch a horse.
This bit is available with your choice of 9 mouthpieces. All the mouthpieces are 5 1/8 inches wide (see picture at left). All except the #0 mouthpiece are made of steel with inlaid copper strips to promote salivation. The #0 mouthpiece is made of soft rubber. The #1 Correction mouthpiece is 3/8 inch in diameter, the remainder are 7/16 inch in diameter. Make your selection in the dropdown below.
This bit comes with the #BH51 3/8 inch Latigo Leather Bit Hobble, shown here.
How it works: Bits with aluminum shanks are milder than steel bits because of their light weight. This bit offers the ultimate in feel and control when you need a light touch but want the quick signal the 8 inch shanks provide. This is a nice switch when a horse needs a softer signal than a steel bit and it helps promote relaxation in a tense horse. It’s also great to lope in before showing. Many horses can be ridden continuously in this bit.
Shown is Gary Gonsalves riding Reyzin The Cash in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Finals with this Aluminum Shank Bit, Curb Strap with Flat Chain #CU10 and XXX Harness Leather Split Reins #ASR2. Photo courtesy of Mark Michels.
Bit is shown with mouthpiece #4F.
Steel Cavalry Shank Bit #A6
Description: The Steel Calvary Shank Bit #A6 is made of very high strength 4130 grade steel, the joints are smooth, this bit is made to last a lifetime. The hand engraved nickel silver overlaid on the shanks makes this beautiful both in and out of the show arena. This bit is available with your choice of 6 steel mouthpieces, all 5 1/8 inches wide with inlaid copper strips to promote salivation (see picture at left). This is a favorite in many disciplines including cowhorse and is legal in NRCHA competition when a mouthpiece with a minimum 1 inch port with roller is used. The 3 mouthpieces available with rollers or crickets in the dropdown are NRCHA legal. This bit comes with the #BH41 Latigo Bit Hobble shown here.
How it works: This bit is a great step up when you need a little more shank than the #A1 Argentine Bit, the #A4 C Shank Bit or other shorter shanked bits. The 7 1/4 inch shanks have great preload which allows very fast release when pressure is released on the reins. The loose cheeks are forgiving which can be helpful in a step-up bit. This bit has a fairly low bit-leverage ratio which aids in redistribution of weight to the hindquarters of naturally low headed horses.
Bit is shown with mouthpiece #4F. Also shown is Bozo Rogers riding NRCHA Open Bridle Champion One Smokin Chic in this bit, the #HS52 One Buckle Slot Ear Headstall with Rawhide, the #CU21 Double Buckle Leather Curb and the #CCR1 Rawhide Romal Reins.
Steel Buster Welch Shank Bit #B5
Description: This solid Steel Buster Welch Shank Bit #B5 with 7 1/2 inch shanks is a favorite among horsemen, especially cutters. This bit is made from high strength 4130 steel and the shanks are overlaid with hand engraved nickel silver. The steel mouthpiece is 5 1/8 inches wide, 7/16″ in diameter with a flat low port, and is inlaid with copper strips to promote salivation.
How it Works: The angle of the shanks make this a particularly easy bit for the horse to carry and gives the horse time to respond after the reins are adjusted (pulled) before the mouthpiece makes contact with the sides of mouth, tongue and roof of the mouth, and the headstall crown piece makes contact with the poll, and the curb strap makes contact with the chin. This is a great shank if you require a little more response than you are getting with a shorter C style shank.
Sliding Gag with Link Mouthpiece #20-50
Description: A link mouthpiece gives this sliding gag a stronger signal than the common snaffles or the twisted wire mouthpiece and is easily accepted by horses. This Sliding Gag w/Link Mouthpiece #20-50 is made with your choice of a stainless steel twisted wire crown or, for the more sensitive horse, a 3/4 inch harness leather slide ear crown piece or a 3/4 inch brow band headstall (photo at left, please see dropdown to order).
The center bar on this bit’s cheeks limits the movement of the sliding mouthpiece to provide a quicker action and instant relief. The hard lay nylon cord allows the bit to slide easily. The cord is attached to a stainless steel buckle on each side. The buckle is attached to adjustable single ply 3/4 inch harness leather cheeks (see diagram at left). The link mouthpiece is a life-saver if your horse is resistant to the pull and does not want to follow his nose through the turn. This mouthpiece gives the strongest signals of all the gag bit choices.
How it works: The simultaneous pressure on the mouth from the sliding gag bit and on the poll from the twisted, shaped, stainless steel or the leather crown increases control of the nose and improves total balancing power to produce the ultimate in vertical flexion and feel. Because your rein aids are strengthened with the gag, your leg cues given at the same time become reinforced and easier for the horse to respond to. You will be able to better concentrate on fine details of your training rather than large rebalancing or repositioning efforts regardless of your type of riding. This gag bridle is an excellent training tool for both young and older horses that need to improve flexibility and response. Your horse will learn that when it breaks at the poll the release will be instant, smooth, and consistent. Since these gags release so quickly your horse is not trapped in position while it waits for the release to occur. This helps horses stay calm and confident in training and also when they are in competition. The leather crown is designed for horses requiring less pressure on the poll than the stainless steel twisted wire crown produces. The leather crown works well with this link mouthpiece on horses that are sensitive to pressure on the poll but very resistant to giving to the bit. There is instant relief when the pull is discontinued.
The Sliding Gag is sold without reins. Any Dennis Moreland Tack split reins or roping reins will work. To select your reins visit the rein category.
If you don’t have experience with sliding gags Dennis Moreland Tack recommends you seek the help of a professional who has experience as you are learning to use them.