Bits

Measuring for fit

Simply get a piece of thin plastic tube from the hardware shop, stick it in the mouth of the horse, mark the tube on the outside flush with the lips and remove. Measure between the marks.

If you do find that the bit isn't the right size, no worries, just send it back within seven days (undamaged) and we'll send you the right size.

 

Barrel or lozenge?

Any of the various designs of the new type of bits versus the 'nut cracker' jointed snaffles are a huge improvement for horses but when it comes down to precicely which, it is a personal learning curve taking into account the feelings and messages from the Horses. Like I say, MOST like either. I prefer the barrel centres but Cappo prefers the lozenge, while Snip prefers the barrel. Feeback is that barrel bits are proving to be more favourable to the horses.

Horse Dentists and so called self named "Bit Fitters' can set themselves up as the end expert of WHICH BIT but it is the Horse that is the final arbiter. Therefore, I feel that so long as we are improving and then listening to the horse accutely, we are doing the right thing.

Bit fashions evolve and decades have seen changing fashions of Bits. The Tom Roberts era was the Decade of the BIT FAT BITS like Gob Stoppers and I am willing to bet that regardless of the knowledge of those back then, we have trumped them now.

After many Years of "Listening to Horses", Mr HP has developed a bit range devoted to and specifically for his mouthing and remouthing systems and green horses to set them up for life.

Shetlands to shires—we have sizing available from 4" right up to 7".

MAIN FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Barrel / lozenge eliminates the harsh nutcracker action
  • Anatomically designed to wrap around the mouth for improved fit and comfort to the horse
  • Smaller rings to prevent rubbing the outside of the face
  • Smaller diameter metal (12mm) to ensure maximum comfort on the tongue and palette, and enables the horse to seal its mouth and swallow easily
  • Even pressure on the centre of the tongue to encourage relaxation

About HP Relief Barrel Bits

These bits take away the ‘Nutcracker’ action of the single jointed bit and replace it with a much kinder action. The pressure is evenly spread across the bars loose ring bit and the tongue as the bit folds around the mouth.

The rings are smaller than those of other bits to prevent them from rubbing the outside of the face and making it sore.

All barrel bits have copper inserts.

The mouthpiece has also been re-designed with more curve, to give a better shape to fit the horse’s mouth properly, reducing the bar pressure even further and preventing bit ‘slide’.

Each side is independent of the other for greater communication.

The mouthpiece has the optimum 12mm diameter—narrower than a Myler—to ensure the horse’s tongue and palate are not impinged by the bit and that the horse can seal his mouth and swallow. Try it yourself—it is very difficult to swallow unless your lips form a seal on your mouth. Thick bits prevent this and the thickness doesn't make them 'softer' only your hands and the correct mouthing & training can.

About HP Relief Oblique Lozenge Bits

The HP Relief Oblique Lozenge Collection is an innovative range of bits, designed by John O’Leary of Horseproblems Australia in conjunction with Linda O’Leary, winner of the South Australian ‘FEI Dressage Rider and also Dressage  Horse of the Year, 2015’.

They are designed for all horses in all disciplines.

The HP Oblique lozenge does not have the major design flaw of the French Link and other cheap lozenge bits. The French Link and many lozenge bits have two protruding semicircles at 90 degrees to the flat side of the link or lozenge, which put painful pressure points on the mouth when a contact is taken—this often causes evasions. The HP Lozenge is like the Neue Schule bits in that the semicircles lie flat in the same plane as the lozenge, not at 90 degrees to it.

The HP Relief Lozenge is anatomically designed for both comfort and communication and it helps to develop a true contact and higher level of responsiveness.

Ergonomically designed, curved and lozenged, these bits are only 12mm. in diameter, (the same as the NS Verbindend) and much thinner than the NS Tranz Angled Lozenge bits.

They are curved to gently wrap the tongue and lay underneath the upper palate, giving very even and gentle pressure distribution.

The HP Relief Oblique Angled Lozenge Bits are ideal horses with thick tongues and low palates that simply don’t have room in their mouths for any bit wider than 12mm. Unfortunately, nearly all bits start at 14mm. diameter and are too thick for them.

This creates fussy mouths and tongue evasions. HP Relief Oblique Lozenge bits promote a softer more consistent contact, encouraging the horse to soften through the jaw relaxing and lengthening the neck.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a bit that ‘works’.

HP Relief mouthpieces are Dressage Legal. You will not believe the difference that these bits make to your horse’s response to the rein aids—even if you currently ride in a Myler or a lozenge.

Testimonials

Hello John,

I just had to tell you about this.
We tried  your HP FM Relief barrel bit on Dan this morning. M****** had been having some problems with Dan, her newly started Standardbred, as he appeared to not have a clue about 'Steering' in the Myler Full Cheek Comfort Snaffle in the arena, in fact, when she applied a light left turn aid, he opened his mouth and went RIGHT!

Now, the 2 bits LOOK very similar, but the difference was amazing. He suddenly understood EXACTLY what was wanted, stopped opening his mouth  (I don’t use any nosebands) and was changing reins like a pro—immediately after the bit change!

I could not believe how responsive he became to the halt aid either. I said to M****** that it looked as if she had only about 1 ounce of pressure on the rein, but she said no, it was 1/2 ounce or less as, by the end of the 10 minute lesson, he stopped dead, as soon as she picked up the rein!!!

He was remouthed using your system though!

I am VERY impressed, as I have used Mylers for years, but yours is streets ahead – WHY?

I think it is because the HP Relief bit has more 'curve' on the mouthpiece, to wrap around the bars better, giving a clearer aid as it does not ‘Slide’ in the mouth, like the Myler? It does not 'Collapse' quite so much, either, which totally gets rid of the uncomfortable  'Nutcracker' effect? Am I right or is there some other reason why it is so much better?

In any case, WELL DONE YOU!!

Casey W

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I have just ridden my 5 yr old Clydesdale in the HP Eggbutt Relief Bit I received from you this morning. Previously in a 6" Sweet iron fulmer which had become too small, I had contacted you by email about changing my bit to the full cheek FM you also advertised. Absolutely no need! She happily took the HP Eggbutt Relief Bit first time and, although initially leaning on it, within half a mile she became so incredibly soft and responsive, listening to the slightest touch. My mare is so willing that I like her to have the best. I believe I have found it.

Thanks
Helen

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I tell you HP these bits are amazing.

I lunged him again today and I took his halter off to put the bridle on and he turned his head to me lowered it, opened his mouth and put it on. This is a horse who puts his head up as high as he can, I have to smack him on the head, put the lead rope behind his ears and pull his head down, then stick my fingers in between his front and back teeth, lever it open then jam the bit between his teeth and then rub inside his lip/gum so he licks so I can get it the rest of the way in lol

I love this bit and I will never part with it.

Kelly Etheridge
Bundy Horse Floats

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Just wanted to write to say how happy I am with the HP Relief barrel bit I purchased.

My 4yo Arabian had been acting like he'd never been mouthed lately, complete and utter resistance in running reins, ridden, or even putting the bridle on. He was rearing, panicking and generally unhappy with my old loose ring snaffle that I had. I put it down to pain and pinching. The first day with his new bit from you, he was a different horse. Not a single protest, no rearing, no trying to flip over and evade, completely calm and relaxed. I was able to lunge him with running reins on for the first time without him slamming the brakes on and trying to rear, or spin and evade. Five days in and he is letting me bridle him and is just so soft and relaxed. Best bit I've ever bought. Thank you!

Regards Vanessa
Resonance Endurance

Measuring for fit

Simply get a piece of thin plastic tube from the hardware shop, stick it in the mouth of the horse, mark the tube on the outside flush with the lips and remove. Measure between the marks.

If you do find that the bit isn't the right size, no worries, just send it back within seven days (undamaged) and we'll send you the right size.

 

Barrel or lozenge?

Any of the various designs of the new type of bits versus the 'nut cracker' jointed snaffles are a huge improvement for horses but when it comes down to precicely which, it is a personal learning curve taking into account the feelings and messages from the Horses. Like I say, MOST like either. I prefer the barrel centres but Cappo prefers the lozenge, while Snip prefers the barrel. Feeback is that barrel bits are proving to be more favourable to the horses.

Horse Dentists and so called self named "Bit Fitters' can set themselves up as the end expert of WHICH BIT but it is the Horse that is the final arbiter. Therefore, I feel that so long as we are improving and then listening to the horse accutely, we are doing the right thing.

Bit fashions evolve and decades have seen changing fashions of Bits. The Tom Roberts era was the Decade of the BIT FAT BITS like Gob Stoppers and I am willing to bet that regardless of the knowledge of those back then, we have trumped them now.