Bitting Query for Cementum Hyperplasia

The team at World Wide Tack were recently contacted by a customer who was looking for a bit for her horse who suffers from Cementum Hyperplasia. Luckily our resident bitting expert Stephen Biddlecombe was on hand to advice and here at HQ thought we would write a blog to share the advice! Cementum Hyperplasia describes excessive deposition of secondary cementum on the root of a tooth, which may be caused by localized trauma or inflammation, excessive tooth eruption or it may simply occur idiopathically.


Our customer said…

“Can you recommend a bit for my horse who suffers from cementum hyperplasia on his lower first pre molars and often throws his head around for the first 15 minutess of ridden work, and then settles with just the occasional toss of his head. He has been ridden in a full cheek and now recently tried a Neue Schule loose ring which he seems to prefer, but there is no steering. I was wondering about the ported bits but not sure how these would affect his condition? ”


Stephen says

“I wonder if the feel of metal also disturbs him so I think that the Bombers Blue mouthpiece would be of help. This is a ported straight bar, which offers a little relief of tongue pressure, but above all does not have that cold, hard feeling that any metal has. The synthetic nature of the material and the diameter (18mm) might well be more comfortable for him. This mouthpiece comes in a variety of cheek pieces, full cheek, 2.5 ring (which offers some poll pressure as well), loose ring, eggbutt.

Or you could consider the Bombers Petros Williams. All the cheek pieces work slightly differently depending on what you want, but for steering issues the full cheek, 2.5 ring or Williams would be the better choice.”


To view the selection of bits Stephen describes in the above query visit the website at

Measuring and Trying New Bits


Bits are measured from inside the cheek pieces, from ring to ring. There are several options available to horse owners when looking for or trying out a new bit.

1.A ‘bit measure’

Horse owners could buy or borrow a bit measure – these gadgets cost around £50 and are fitted inside the mouth – a gauge accurately tells you the size required, and they are available for the different brands of bit available – Bombers Bits does sell a bit measure within its product range. Once in the horse’s mouth, horse owners will need to lift the measure into the correct place; just before any wrinkles begin to form, note the sizing detailed on the measure, just outside the mouth’s lip creases.

2. A straight rod

Using any straight rod, like a wooden spoon handle, can achieve the same result as a proper bit measure. With assistance, lift the rod to the correct place in the mouth, and mark the rod on both sides with a pen, just outside the lip crease. Measuring between these marks gives you the measured mouth size.

3.Borrowing a bit

Whilst equestrian could also try a few other bits that friends or team-mates have for size, this can be problematic, as the type of mouthpiece and cheekpiece of the bit that you measured could affect the sizing; e.g. if the bit you need is a loose ring, which measures slightly longer, and the bit you are borrowing is a fixed cheek piece bit. If however you do have a bit to borrow that is similar to the one you want, and is the right size, you can simply lay it down on a flat surface and pull the rings apart so the bit is at its maximum length. Measure along the full length of the mouthpiece from the inside edge of the ring to the inside edge of the opposite ring with a ruler, choosing inches or centimetres. (You could also ask a reputable bitting retailer about their hire packages, having established the size that you believe you need…

Stephen Biddlecombe of World Wide Tack says…

“In my experience, most horses are fitted with bits that are too tight, and this just adds more pressure points to the ‘bitting mix’. With a fixed mouth piece, the size required is the measured size, and with single and double jointed bits, this should be the measured size, plus 10 mm to take into account the joints. In addition to these factors, add 5mm if the bit has a loose ring cheek piece. Nothing additional needs to be added for fixed cheek pieces!”

To see the range of bits from companies such as Bombers Bits, Trust, Neue Schule and more visit the website today!


Bombers Bits Featured in Horse Magazine!


We were thrilled to see Bombers Bits featured in this month’s HORSE magazine. The Bombers Bits Loose Ring Bradoon has a curved mouthpiece which fits around the shape of the tongue and the horse’s mouth providing relief from tongue and bar pressure.

Available to purchase today alongside a wide range of Bombers Bits direct from World Wide Tack! Simply visit the website at 


Top Grooming Tips; Featuring Advice from Cowboy Magic Products!

We proudly stock Cowboy Magic products from American brand-leaders, Straight Arrow. 

Here are our Cowboy Magic product tips, for customers:

Cowboy Magic Concentrated Detangler & Shine 

Problem: Horse’s mane and tail are knotted, tangled, and could use some extra shine
Solution: Apply a 20p sized drop of Cowboy Magic Concentrated Detangler & Shine into the palm of your hands. Start by rubbing hands together and working the product throughout the mane and tail. It instantly removes knots and tangles allowing your pick, comb, or brush to glide right through while providing a luxurious, long-lasting shine. The amount used will vary, given the length and thickness of the mane and tail.


Cowboy Magic Shine In Yellowout

Problem: Dull, stained coats, manes, and tails of all colors – especially whites and greys.
Solution: Brush off excess dirt and wet down your horse. For really tough stains you can use the Cowboy Magic Greenspot Remover for spot treatment prior to using the whitening shampoo. Apply the Shine In Yellowout Shampoo directly onto the hair. Massage in the shampoo until the purplish-blue lather turns white; leave the product on for a few minutes for best results. Rinse and prepare to be dazzled. This shampoo does not contain bleaches or peroxides, leaving the hair soft and manageable.

*Bonus Tip: Stop your gray hair from turning yellow with Shine In Yellowout. Perfect for all colour-treated hair. Remember anti-yellowing shampoos developed for the personal care market, this works the same ‘magic’ those do!


Cowboy Magic Super Bodyshine

Problem: You need your horse to shine in the spotlight

Solution: Spray Cowboy Magic Super Bodyshine directly onto your horse’s coat, mane, and tail (do not spray where saddle is placed) and use a grooming brush to buff out the coat to achieve the ultimate glossy shine! Not only will this finishing spray condition the hair and help to repel show ring dust and dirt, but your horse will catch the attention of all!

*Bonus Tip: Spraying Super Bodyshine in advance directly to coats, manes and tails, pre-trail riding provides a barrier to repel mud and burrs to help facilitate a faster and easier clean up.


We proudly stock Cowboy Magic products from American brand-leaders, Straight Arrow.

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Here are our Cowboy Magic product tips, for customers:

Cowboy Magic Rosewater Shampoo

Problem: Horse’s coat, mane, and tail are dirty and could smell better too.
Solution: Apply Cowboy Magic Rosewater Shampoo directly onto a wet coat, mane, and tail with a sponge and massage into a rich lather. If you’re looking for a more economical use, dilute the shampoo into a bucket of water before grooming. Now your horse is looking good! 

Cowboy Magic Rosewater Conditioner
Problem: Dry and dull, lifeless coat, mane, and tail
Solution: Apply Cowboy Magic Rosewater Conditioner to clean, wet hair. Massage and work it through the full length of the mane and tail, leave in for a few minutes then rinse. Leave a bit of conditioner in the mane and tail for extra conditioning, strengthening, and volume.

*Bonus Tip: Don’t neglect your own hair, use this in conjunction with Rosewater Shampoo for yourself. Rosewater Conditioner helps with detangling, and promotes a healthy look and feel to the hair.

Cowboy Magic Greenspot Remover

Problem: Tough stains on your horse’s coat

Solution: After brushing off excess dirt, apply Cowboy Magic Greenspot Remover directly onto the stained area of your horse’s coat. Massage in product thoroughly. This spray-on, “shower in a bottle,” can be used to spot treat, or save time. It may also be used as a quick waterless shampoo when it is too cold for a full bath. Can be wiped off with a damp towel or rinsed.

*Bonus Tip: “Shower in a bottle” is great for people, too! Also great for dogs who love to roll in the grass, dirt, and manure – perfect stain remover!


Dazzling Grooming Range Joins Stable of Leading Equine Haircare Brands Here at World Wide Tack!


World Wide Tack is now the exclusive distributor of the Mane ’n Tail equine grooming range in the UK and Ireland. Mane ’n Tail is the flagship brand of the American company Straight Arrow Products Inc, which manufactures equine and human hair and skincare products.

Stephen Biddlecombe, Director of Equine Management and World Wide Tack, is highly regarded for his knowledge of the international equine grooming products market, and is thrilled at the new distribution agreement. “Mane ‘n Tail joins a ‘stable’ of leading brands available from us that includes Cowboy Magic, Absorbine, Quic and more! Mane ‘n Tail is renowned worldwide as a healthy, skin-friendly grooming range that provides proven results. It also includes finishing, first aid and treatment products,” says Stephen of the range, which boasts shampoo, conditioner and detangler as its top-sellers, and is even loved by Hollywood stars that use it on their own flowing tresses. “We look forward to working with UK retailers to meet their customers’ exacting needs for equine grooming products.”

Straight Arrow Products Inc President, Devon Katzev, adds that the products really work. “They make grooming easier, horses healthier and their owners happier.”

Mane n’ Tail will be available to purchase from World Wide Tack soon!

All About Flair Nasal Strips; Available from World Wide Tack

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Many equestrians will have seen the use of Flair Strips in a variety of disciplines. Common in the Eventing world the Flair Strips are veterinarian-developed self-adhesive strips that promote optimum respiratory health of equine athletes at every level of competition. The clever strips reduce airway resistance and improve airflow when your horse needs oxygen most! 

Flair Strips can provide benefits for all horses, including both those competing at top level and leisure horses exerting themselves during occasional weekend competitions or fun, fast hacks!

Let’s take a look at the science behind it! 

Unlike humans, horses can only breathe through their nose.

During exercise when horses begin to breathe hard, the soft tissues overlying the nasal passages are sucked in, reducing the airway diameter. This reduction in diameter causes resistance to airflow into the lungs. The resistance in the nasal passages also causes increased negative pressures within the lung, subjecting the fragile capillary membranes deep in the lungs to the risk of leakage or rupture.

Flair Strips gently support the soft tissues over the nasal passages, the narrowest part of the upper airway, so horses breathe easier and perform at their best.

 Flair Strips were developed by a team of veterinarians interested in protecting the respiratory health of hard-working horses.

The introduction of Flair Strips in 1999 created awareness that supporting the nasal passages could improve horses’ breathing and respiratory health. Significant University and private clinical research has shown that supporting the nasal passages improves air flow, allowing horses to breathe easier and resulting in:

  • reduced fatigue
  • quickened recovery
  • reduced bleeding

Flair Strips are a drug-free, simple, cost effective tool for supporting the long-term respiratory health of all equine athletes that perform, in both training and competition!

Flair Strips are available to purchase from World Wide Tack. Click here to visit the website and purchase this innovative, beneficial product today!