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.
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
Steel Argentine Bit with Silver #A1
Description: The Steel Argentine Bit #A1 has 6 1/4 inch shanks. It’s made of high grade 4130 steel and overlaid with beautiful hand engraved nickel silver. Five steel mouthpieces are available and shown in the picture to the left. All are 5 1/8 inches wide and have inlaid copper strips to promote salivation except #42. Mouthpiece diameters are listed in the picture and dropdown.
Purpose: This is a nice mild shank and a good one to continue training with once your horse has advanced from the snaffle. It can often be used when a horse is having trouble or is resistant in a longer shanked bit and needs to come back to a milder bit with slower action for a time. This bit works well on many horses and is a great choice if you want one handy all-around bit in the tack room.
Shown with mouthpiece #2B.
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.
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.
Nylon Curb Strap with Chain #CU20
Description: The Nylon Curb Strap #CU20 is made with 1/8 inch nylon cord ties and a stainless steel dog chain. This is a great functioning curb and works well for the budget minded horseman.
How it works: This curb gives a strong signal. Check your knots after you tie this to your bit to make certain they are holding securely.
Please visit my tack talk article “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to learn more.
Offset D Ring Snaffle Bit #19
Description: The D rings on this snaffle are made of 1/4 inch steel and are 2 1/4 inches in diameter. This Offset D Ring Snaffle Bit #19 is available with 4 mouthpieces, each 5 1/8th inches wide (see picture to the left). Mouthpieces 9, 16 and 52 have inlaid copper bars to promote salivation.
How it works: Because the D rings on this snaffle don’t slide and the area of contact on the mouth is wider than on a ring snaffle this bit gives a stronger, quicker signal than a ring snaffle. The contact on the face from the Ds also helps the horse bring the opposite side of his face through a turn. This is a great bit to ride your colts in.
#9: This steel 2 piece snaffle mouthpiece is 3/8” in diameter. This is a great tool for anyone who wants a quicker and more consistent response when a horse is asked to give his head.
#16: The 3/8” steel 3 piece dog bone is a very gentle mouthpiece and can really help a horse relax. The extra link in the middle of the bit helps to spread the pressure from the rein signal more evenly across the mouth than a 2 piece snaffle. The copper rings promote salivation and also give the horse something to roll with his tongue to help him relax.
#42: The 3/16th inch steel twisted wire is designed for the horse that has become resistant to the plain snaffle and needs a bit of extra signal on the corners of the mouth to respond correctly. This steel bit is especially built at this diameter to prevent it from pinching or grabbing the skin at the sides of the mouth.
#52: The 5/8th inch steel two piece mouthpiece is designed larger in diameter than the other mouthpieces. This will help the horse relax as the width allows a slower signal/action than the 3/8th inch mouthpiece when rein pressure is applied. This can also be a good mouthpiece for riders who have limited experience.
Although you should always check with show management, this snaffle with mouthpiece #9 or #52 is legal in AQHA & NRCHA snaffle bit classes.
Shown with mouthpiece #52