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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…

The Common Problem of the OTTB with a Fussy Mouth

Probably 4 or 5 times a week I get an email or phone call from someone who is struggling with an off the track horse with an over active mouth. The symptoms can include (but are not restricted to) excessive chewing of the bit, picking it up with the molars, pulling the tongue back, putting the tongue out, putting the tongue over the bit, pulling the lips back, opening the mouth, etc.  The che…