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  • Leather bits?

    I have been hearing about these. Didn't I read that KOC talks about using one? Where are they sold? Any experience by other riders?

  • #2
    To be perfectly honest, I know nothing about leather bits, but this post piqued my curiosity, so here are some links I found with some info on them:


    And here is where the writer of the previous link bought her bit from:http://www.grantcashmore.co.nz/productsmacs.htm

    Looks interesting. I have a horse with a small mouth and extremely low palette and this may be worth reading into further. Hope others can post personal experience with these bits!


    • #3
      I was out foxhunting a few months ago with someone in the field using a leather bit. Her horse got really strong throughout the morning, bit the bit in half, ran off with her, and she came off in quite a serious fall.

      I'd avoid them. What advantage could they possibly have over a happy mouth, or a regular metal bit in educated hands?
      ~Living the life I imagined~


      • #4
        Originally posted by hey101 View Post
        I'd avoid them. What advantage could they possibly have over a happy mouth, or a regular metal bit in educated hands?
        I'll throw in a related question: what advantage do they have over a nylon, Nathe, or Sprenger Duo type plastic/nylon bit? I've heard that they're arguably a bit milder than the nylon/Nathe type bits, but that's just through-the-grapevine reports. And if they really are milder than nylon/Nathe, my next question is "How do they compare to a rubber mullen mouth, meaning one that is made of straight rubber without any metal running through it"?

        As for small mouth/low palate, I'd think something like the Nathe or Sprenger Duo with its cutout portion to accommodate the tongue would work better than these leather bits. Either that or an extremely thin bit like the Myler stuff.
        Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


        • #5
          "...but with quality care they can last for months."

          If that is actually the case, as far as how long they last, I can't say I have a particular interest in them myself. There are so many materials on the market now that here are so many other materials that offer minimal pressure points, etc.

          Will be interested to see the other replies and opinions on them, though!
          “They were not sitting backwards on their horses,” he said with a sly smile. “But they had no dressage preparation..." - Bert de Nemethy


          • #6
            i dont' know...a leather bit seems like an invitation for my guy to move on to his other favorite treats...mainly my reins, lead ropes, halters...


            • #7
              We used to use leather Mullen mouth bits on some of the young TB's when they started training. Some youngsters just liked the feel in their mouth and the chewiness. We never had one chew through - I would think there was a defect involved in that case. I doubt there is any more benefit to leather over rubber or happy mouth...just use what works to keep the horse happy. I still have a leather bit in my collection and it looks like new - no defects or weaknesses.
              Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


              • #8
                www.123tack.com has them in the store. I'm not sure about online, but you could probably call them.


                • #9
                  Big D Tack (I think the site is www.bigdweb.com) carries a lot of harness racing equipment and do sell leather covered snaffle bits for breaking colts. It might be called colt breaking bit. A Frisco June may be referred to this too, because it is split in the middle like a snaffle.

                  I have used these on yearlings when breaking to harness. They are soft on tender bars and lip corners. You can't let them get dried out. After use, rinse them quickly in the water bucket, then dry with towel. Use leather conditioner on the ring protectors sides and just saddle soap on the mouth portion. The key is to keep them clean and if frequently used they'll stay soft. They usually last a couple years before you have to replace one due to frayed stitching, etc. but I know old timers who had them for years.

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                  • #10

                    This UK website has leather covered bits as well as plenty of other clearance goodies.