Pee Wee Horse Bits are gentle and acceptable to the softest mouth, whilst providing maximum control with less pressure, preventing injury to the sensitive parts of the horse's mouth.
Advantages of the Macs Equine Pee Wee Horse Bit - The mouth bar
Surveys have shown that 80% of horses have low palates and large fleshy tongues. This means that the majority of bits on the market are too thick in the mouth bar and so don't leave enough room in the mouth for the tongue. As a result the tongue lifts the mouth bar up until it contacts the roof of the mouth (mouth palate) and usually results in severe bruising to the palate, which generally goes unnoticed by the horse owner.
This major irritation causes the horse to toss its head up and forwards to try and shake the bit to the front of the mouth to create some room and stop the contact to the palate. A horse will also continually open its mouth to avoid this discomfort, but unfortunately a lot of riders then resort to using a drop nose band to keep the horse's mouth shut - totally unaware of the discomfort they are inflicting on their horse or why the horse is opening its mouth.
Macs Equine have eliminated this problem by introducing a thinner mouth bar, which leaves plenty of room for the tongue and eliminates contact to the roof of the mouth as well as being lightweight and beautifully shaped to fit over the tongue. Also being a fixed mullen mouth bar there is no "nutcracker" effect, which is very disconcerting to horses and results in severe bruising as mentioned previously.
Position of the mouth bar over the tongue
The mouth bar of the Macs Equine Pee Wee bit sits further forward over the tongue and bars than conventional bits. This position of contact on the tongue along with even pressure down onto the bars, encourages the horse to flex down at the pole, which means the horse is down over the bit in a better position to work rather than getting behind the bit and getting it's head in the air and wanting to take off.
This better head and neck carriage position acts like a natural brake that makes it far easier to pull up a horse. The mouth bar also provides tongue relief and stays permanently quiet in the mouth until a command is given. This unique benefit is achieved due to the floating mouth bar. The mouth bar actually floats up and down and backwards on the large rings, so at no time is there pressure on the tongue.
Horses move their tongue readily when they swallow and while drinking water and with traditional bits a mouth bar is an obstruction, but the mouth bar of the Pee Wee does not interfere with tongue movement, which provides comfort at all times for the horse.
Position of large rings and side bars
A large percentage of biting issues are the result of the large rings or bars of the bit contacting the sensitive side of the face. This results in the lips being forced against the teeth, which causes pain to the horse. Proof of this is when the horse starts tossing their head to the side to try and get away from the bit to relieve the discomfort, or if the pain becomes extreme, they will actually start laying on the bit to fight the pain. This results in the all too familiar problems of the bit sliding through the mouth and the rider losing contact and the neck becoming stiff with only bend from the poll rather than the wither as well.
The Macs Equine Pee Wee bit eliminates these problems due to the fact the large rings of the Pee Wee do not contact the sensitive sides of the face. The rings actually fold back over the outside of the small side bars positioned under the lower jaw, which keeps them off the face, eliminating pinching and hence head tossing.
The side bars are strategically placed just outside of the lower jaw and only contact the jaw when rein contact is given. Due to the specific placement of these side bars, it is too uncomfortable for a horse to lay against the side bars, so you no longer lose contact. It also makes it very easy to turn a horse.
Ideal for educating or re-educating horses
There is no confusion or broken signals. With pressure on both reins the signal is to the top of the bars, encouraging the horse to tuck his chin and flex at the pole. When pulling his head around the signal is to the side of the lower jaw only. This means you can control even the most stubborn horse with the minimum amount of pressure and avoid pain.
Who has this bit been sucessful for?
- Eventers for cross country phase: can help with strong pullers or rude horses that dislike the actions of Pelhams, gags and the like.
- Dressage riders: for using at home, re-schooling horses that have become heavy in the hand, for riding out to give relief from the usual bit.
- Racehorses: used widely in the US for racing, retraining and trackwork.
- Steve Brady- recommends the Pee Wee.
- Mini - Under 12hh, Shetlands or similar
- Standard - to fit 12.2hh to 15.2hh, or horse normally in 4"-5" bit
- Medium - To fit 15.2hh to 17hh, or horse normally in 5" to 6" bit
- Large - To fit over 17hh, or horse normally in 6" to 7" bit
Note the side bars pointing back towards the rider's legs. There should be 2 fingers width between the strap and the chin - this is not a curb strap. There are no wrinkles or creases in the lips - there should only be a passive contact with the lips when the cheek straps are correctly fitted.
This is the INCORRECT position - note the large rings turned up and away from the side bars.
Please note: The Pee Wee bit is not currently FEI Dressage legal but is now permitted at Pony Club for rallies and jumping events.