There are many different driving bits with many subtle variations and strange names. While there seem to be new types of riding horse bits being created all the time, driving horse bits tend to be more traditional. Here are some of the most common driving bits you'll see. Here is a brief overview of each bit. Clicking on the title of the bit will take you to more details.
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Like the full cheek snaffle bit, the Half Spoon or Half Cheek snaffle bit is designed so it does not pull through the horse's mouth. These bit are occasionally used for riding too.
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The butterfly bit gives the driver the ability to adjust the bit severity for every horse on the team, and still use the same bit for a unified looking turn out.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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With its two sets of rings, there are two different ways that this snaffle bit can be used. The severity of the Wilson snaffle depends on whether the reins are attached to two rings or one on each side
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The straight bar snaffle is a bit you will often find lying rusty in dusty boxes at a farm auction. Back when horses were the main power of the family farm, these bits were popular. While no longer as popular, as more comfortable and effective bits have become available, the straight bar snaffle is still used occasionally although most horses will find them an uncomfortable mouthful.
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