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Guest Blog - What’s the right bit and the right fit? By Pauly Daniels from Daniel-Tessari Horse Reflections

This week, we have an exciting guest blog from one of my favourite horse trainers Pauly Daniel! Pauly was a successful competitor in the Australian Equitana Brumby Challenge in 2016, where trainers work with a brumby over a period of 150 days – taking them from the wild and training them to then compete over 4 days at Equitana. Born and raised working stock on the family property in the beaut…

2019 FEI and EA Bitting Rule Changes Explained

Let us take the confusion out of the 2019 Bitting Rule changes.There has been much debate surrounding the new thickness rules for FEI and EA and we are here to take the pain out of it! Each organisation is slightly differing, this information was correct at the date of publishing and it is very important for all competitors to consult the rule book and officials for any rule clarifica…

From Harness to Hack - Bitting the Standardbred After Racing

"A good horse is a good horse" and the Standardbred is no exception. They really do have the most amazing nature, full of try, hardy, and a very loyal, loving horse. They often come equipped with quirky natures, and in my experience they are often the practical jokers of the barn! They can turn a hoof at anything, truly a versatile breed. My love for the 'humble' Standy is no secret, after all I o…

Getting with the times - Your guide to Bitting in the 21st Century

When we know better, we do better. There is such a heavily publicised focus on animal welfare and wellbeing at present (particularly in dressage) and we all want our horses to be as comfortable and happy as possible so we don't inadvertently end up in the spotlight. We love our horses more than anything, we would never knowingly cause harm or discomfort - quite the opposite, often going to extreme…

I believe in Unicorns....Bitting the Arabian horse

As close as you'll get to a real life unicorn -  a stunning Arabian with a perfect dishy face, long swan neck, flared nostrils and flowing mane effortlessly dancing across a lush green paddock. An absolute dream horse! They come equipped with an incredible work ethic. As well as being resilient, intelligent and sensitive - they are the perfect choice of equine for endurance, showing, agility…

This old rusty thing?! Sweet Iron explained

Quite often we will get a call or email from a customer quite alarmed that the brand new shiny bit they had purchased is starting to go rusty after just a few rides. They are even more alarmed when we say "Excellent! its doing what its supposed to do!"You see, sweet iron material when exposed to saliva/moisture and oxygen creates a surface layer of oxidisation - rust - which is what gives the…

Shut your mouth! How bit thickness impacts performance.

"My horse is very sensitive so I bought the softest bit I could, its a really thick hollow snaffle - but my horse is still not accepting the contact. Can you help?"YES! A very common mistake people make when bitting their horse is to purchase the thickest (sometimes its up to 20mm-25mm thick!) and also lightest hollow or thick rubber snaffle they can find. Somewhere along the line they have been t…

Im Too Sexy For My Bit - Bitting the Baroque Horse

The supermodels of the horse world! Everyone loves to look at these stunning creatures with their strong powerful frames, long flowing manes and extravagant actions. Performing Levadès and Capriolès in the paddock for fun, the athletic ability of these animals really is something to marvel. Finding the perfect bit however can be somewhat of a nightmare for the owners!Every now and then I see a reg…