Classic Tip A port on the bit is great for providing more tongue room. But remember that the tongue acts as a cushion – if the horse can tuck his tongue up into the port he could be leaving the bars exposed – that’s not nice. So giving a lot of tongue room is not always a good idea.
Classic Tip Feel the bars run up alongside the edge of your horses jaw. It should feel like a nice flat topped bank - where you can run your finger across the top. Sometimes we come across a horse where the bar feels like a point at the top. This could explain your horse not accepting the bit. You would look at the slope of the mouthpiece again.
A final word on Weymouths. You normally have the option of a 5cm or a 7cm shank. In Germany, Sprenger sell equal amounts of each. As a very general rule, the more amateur rider is safer using the 7cm. The reason for this is that the ‘circumference of pull’ is larger on the 7cm – so if you’re riding with a 5cm shank your rein aid is much quicker on the horse. The margin for rider error is reduced using a 7cm.
Classic Tip Use a curb chain guard – it feels nicer for the horse. Soft leather or gel are our best sellers.
Use the official Sprenger diamond paste to refresh and polish your bits – non-toxic and kind to the skin!