Curb Bits, Transition Bits and Special Tuning Bits Designed to Produce Great Results
Note: The curb bits are arranged on this page with the mildest bits listed first. Before ordering, you may want to read Larry Trocha’s Horse Training Tips newsletter which details how and when to use the different types of curb bits.
Transition Curb Bits
These bits are designed to help graduate your horse from the snaffle to a bit that uses leverage. The transition bits are appropriate when first introducing a horse to neck-reining but can also be used with a direct-rein to position his head.
Each mouthpiece is made of “sweet iron” and has inlaid copper strips to produce the taste that horses prefer.
Billy Allen Mouthpiece with 8″ Loose-Shanks
This is the ultimate transition bit. If I had to choose just one transition bit, this would be the one.
Basically, its a snaffle mouthpiece with a “roller” molded over the middle joint. This roller “limits” the movement of the mouthpiece. What’s great about this, is the horse gets the feel of a mouthpiece that is almost “solid” but still has some “flex” to it.
This semi-solid mouthpiece gives you a lot of control without scaring or worrying the horse. A good bit that horses actually like, you can usually leave a horse in it for most of his training. I highly recommend this bit. Add to it, my professional quality reins and you’ll have one of the best set-ups around.
Mouthpiece: 5″ wide. Cheek-piece 8″ long.
Loose-Shanked Curb Bits
These curb bits are designed for positive control and feel. The loose shanks allow for good direct-rein or neck-rein response.
Each mouthpiece is made of “sweet iron” and has inlaid copper stripes to produce the taste that horses prefer.
Also, these bits are a “NO PINCH” design. Many bits will pinch a horse’s lower lip between the top ring and the curb chain. The lips will also get pinched
by the cheekpiece joint. Pinching is NOT a problem with any of the bits listed on this page.
Maintenance tip: To keep the cheek pieces of the bit operating smoothly, occasionally put a drop of oil or WD40 in the cheek joints.
Correction Curb Bits
Based on famous bit maker, Don Hansen’s design, these two correction bits are ideal for “tuning” and “lightening” a horse up. Good results are usually accomplished in just a few rides. They can be used anytime the horse gets too heavy and needs a little extra. After the horse lightens up, he should be put back into his regular bit.
The mouthpiece is overlaid with good-tasting copper. Shanks are stainless steel.
Correction Mouthpiece with Medium Shanks
This is the ideal bit to lighten-up your horse. The correction mouthpiece really helps with the horse’s stop.
And the loose shanks allows you to easily flex the horse’s head laterally for correct circles and turns.
Once good results are achieved, put the horse back into his regular curb or
Mouthpiece: 5″ wide. Cheek-piece (shank): 7 1/2″ long.
Correction Mouthpiece with Argentine Shanks
This is the bit to use to really lighten up a horse that is normally ridden in a snaffle or one of the above transition bits.
The correction mouthpiece really helps with the horse’s stop. And the short,
curved-back shank allows you to easily flex the horse’s head laterally for correct circles and turns.
Overall, a really good bit for a horse that needs to pay more attention but isn’t ready for a longer shanked bit.
Mouthpiece: 5″ wide. Cheek-piece (shank): 5″ long.
Leather Curb Strap
This leather curb strap is 1/2″ wide and will work as a “curb strap” on a curb bit or as a “bit hobble” on a ring snaffle.
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