After reading your article on freisians and baroque breeds being hard to find the right bit I gave you a call. My sensitive young friesian/andalusian mare does have a low palate and thick tongue and wasnt excepting contact and had a busy mouth, what a difference horse since riding her in a Turtle Top snaffle, shes excepting contact now and not rushing and is salivating and relaxed, I am using this bit for my other freisian warmblood and shes going great and competing in dressage competitions. Thankyou for your great advice, I highly recommend The Bit Bank.
About the Bit
Is your horse inconsistent in the contact, chomping or chewing on the bit or tossing its head? Are you needing a bridoon which gives your horse some tongue relief but can be paired with a Weymouth?
The Turtle Top is here to answer your prayers!
The Turtle Top which is inspired by the shell of the box turtle, prevents downward pressure to the horse’s tongue encouraging the horse to accept the bit and take the contact forward. The Turtle Top link is also flattened to lower pallet pressure and restricts the movement in mouthpiece, keeping it still and steady in the horse’s mouth.
This bit will help with
NOT recommended for
A loose ring offers an instant release from pressure giving the horse an instant reward for being in the correct position.
FEI - YES
EA Dressage - YES
EA Eventing Dressage - YES
Pony Club - YES
HRCAV - YES
How it should fit
The Turtle Top snaffle should fit fairly snug with only 2-5mm gap between the lip and the ring. The Neue Schule bits are made with a deep bevel making it almost impossible for the ring and mouthpiece to pinch the horses lips.
Brand Neue Schule
Model Turtle Top bridoon
Mouthpiece Size S (4.5”-5”), M (5.25”-5.5”), L (5.5”-5.75”), XL (5.75”-6.25”), XXL (6.25”-6.5”)
Mouthpiece Thickness 16mm
Ring Diameter 55mm
Material Salox GoldTM Mouthpiece with highly polished Stainless Steel Rings
Model Number NS-7023 55
*Whilst we make every effort to ensure our information on dressage legal bits for each association is the most up to date and accurate, Bit Bank Australia accepts no liability for incorrect information - the responsibility is on the rider to make sure they are using equipment that follows the rules and regulations of their chosen discipline.
Absolutely love this bit. My 14hh pony was using the Sprenger eggbutt which was awesome as it allowed her to really take the contact however she needed something to make her a touch lighter This turtle top has made her nice and soft in the contact and she loves it!!!
Sold as the answer for horses who are very fussy or sensitive, this bit is, like all NS bits, very well made with exacting engineering. The Turtle Top link is interesting, as it effectively locks the bit in a specific angle, meaning there is no nutcracker action, but also no ability for the horse to move the parts of the bit around to get it comfortable. Definitely a possible solution for horses who dislike the classic loose ring and need something more steady.
An instant improvement. Much happier horse and hes happily working with contact. Very good advice from charmaine. I 100% recommend
Love it! My mare is normally very busy in mouth and avoids contact but she loves this one. I'll buy more for my other horses now.
A kind bit that is sensibly priced. It is also approved by Equestrian Australia for Dressage, so that is an important factor. Delivered to Western Australia very quickly (within 2 days) by BitBank.