When is a Gag not a Gag at all?

The Dutch Gag is a very common bit for jumpers and eventers. The Dutch is also known by the names Pessoa Gag, Three Ring-, Four Ring-, (and erroneously, a Two Ring-) Gag with variations on the shape such as the “Wonder Gag”. When describing your dutch gag, or if you are shopping for one, always describe it by counting all the rings, including the “snaffle” ring- hence the Four ring a…

How Good is Your Support Team?

Is your husband or friends into formula 1 racing? I’ve got a good friend who is mad keen on it. Personally, I just don’t get the fun in going round and round for hundreds of laps and wasting all the fuel, and changing all those tires… but when I put it like that it is kinda like horses strangely! And I can certainly understand his passion for the sport- it’s just like my passion for…

Open Up and say Ahhh...

There is a lot of confusion for riders surrounding choosing a new bit for their horse. A lot of my clients email or call me not just because they are looking for help with a problem, but because they want to find a bit that their horse will be comfortable in.For me, the comfort of the horse is as important as the safety of the rider. Improved comfort gives the rider improved communicati…

The Truth about the Baucher Snaffle Bit- rattling the cage...

The Baucher is one snaffle bit that certainly gets a lot of discussion amongst riders, on forums, at gear checks and I feel is one very misunderstood horse bit! The questions always are- does the baucher bit apply poll pressure or not, is it a leverage bit and should it be permitted to use as a snaffle in competition?So here are my thoughts on the Baucher. A Myler MB02 snaffle bit with B…

Which Bit is the "Softest"?

At least 3 times a week I get asked by a client which bit from my range is the “softest” is for their horse. Instead of coming to me with a problem they are looking to solve- a horse that pulls, a horse that won’t accept the bit, a fussy mouthed horse- these riders are looking instead for the “softest”, “kindest” bit for their horse. These riders don’t have any real issue with their cu…

The Eggbutt Vs the Loose Ring Snaffle

I get asked often to explain the difference between a loose ring and an eggbutt snaffle, so I thought I would get off my soap box and stop ranting, and do some explaining instead!Ok, so first some definitions and descriptions;Loose Ring SnaffleThe above picture is of a simple, single joint loose ring snaffle.  The rings are joined to the mouthpiece through bevel holes through which the rings…