Introducing the Bit

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Question: What is the best first bit to use?

Before using a bit, it’s crucial to have the horse’s teeth inspected by a professional equine dentist or veterinarian. If necessary, wolf teeth should be removed promptly to prevent deep roots from forming.

Using a Breaking Bit (Bit with Keys) is no longer recommended. These bits were previously left on horses in stables for extended periods, leading to overactivity in the mouth and causing evasions like tongue drawing and avoidance. The bit should be introduced correctly so the horse focuses on communication through the bit, not the bit itself.

For the first time, a straight bar plastic snaffle is suggested. Plastic is used to avoid any teeth clanking and once the horse is comfortable, progress to the NS Starter for training activities like long reining, lunging, backing, initial training, and riding. This bit was specifically designed by Neue Schule for starting young horses and is made from warm, gentle Salox Gold, promoting quiet mouthing and relaxed acceptance.

We Say: The NS Starter design promotes the horse to stretch its top line into a soft and consistent contact. A comfortable bit is essential for early forward movement, and if the bit is not comfortable, the horse will not move forward. Neue Schule typically suggests the slightly thicker Starter option as it provides more weight-bearing surface across the mouth, which is helpful for young horses that are prone to losing balance or spooking. Once a consistent contact is established, the horse is ready for more advanced work with a different bit.


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