March 22, 2013 Leave a comment
We are very pleased to stock the unique range of Bombers Bits and have the expertise of Peter ‘Bomber’ Nel on hand! This horseman has a tried and tested technique for bitting horses that he has developed over the course of his polocrosse career. His bits are now currently being used by the upper echelon of showjumping in Europe and are extremely popluar and widely regarded.
His unique style of hand made manufacturing and hands on development has lead to providing biting solutions that no other bit manufacturer can. We even have a Bespoke Service where you can chose you mouth piece and cheek piece and size and order it to be hand-made and delivered within 6 weeks!!
Here are a few of the common problems and the right bits to help find a solution…
Sensitive Tongue & Head Shakers
When pressure is applied to a horse with a sensitive tongue, its response will be one or more of the following:
- Shaking its head
- Sticking its tongue out
- Sucking its tongue back and as a result making an intermittent coughing noise
- Trying to put its tongue over the bit
The Solutions are… Happy Tongue, Bomber Blue, Lock Up, McHardy, Segundo
A neutral bit is suitable for a horse that holds its head in the correct position when pressure is applied and shows no signs of having a sensitive tongue or objecting to the pressure.
The Solution is… Snaffle
Head Up & Out
If a horse objects to pinching of the tongue and bar pressure it will poke its nose up and out. These bits will reduce the pressure on the tongue and bars and as a result the horse will bring its head down and in.
The Solutions are… Bombers Control Plate (BC45), Elliptcal, Colin Miles
Head Down & Out
When pressure is applied to a horse that objects to continuous pressure, it will exibit one or more of the following traits:
- It pulls its head down
- It tries to pull the reins out of the riders hands
- It tucks its head against its chest and gets “behind” the bit
The Solutions are… Waterford, Buster Roller
Specialised bits that have been designed to sort out a range of less common problems.
The Solutions are… Barrie, Spinner, Johan Du Plooy, Mullen