May 25, 2007, Newsletter Issue #226: Proper Fit Of A Bit

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Every bit should rest comfortably in the horse´s mouth, with a 1 finger or 1/2" width on either side between the corner of the bit, and the side of the horse´s mouth to avoid pinching. The bit should be high enough in the mouth that the horse can not easily get his tongue over the bit while being comfortable. While each type of bit will lay slightly different in a horse´s mouth, a good rule of thumb for most snaffle bitsis one wrinkle in the lip above the bit when laying softly in the mouth. IF it needs to be changed , then move the cheek pieces up or down a notch trying to balance the adjustment equally on either side of the Bridle.

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