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No Metal in the Mouth - The Leather Bit
 By Artista   •   2nd Mar 2011   •   8,028 views   •   22 comments
The Leather BitThe bit is an object fitted inside of the horses mouth to offer the rider better aide for communication, and control, but the design of the bit started hundreds of years ago, with some of the oldest remnants dating since before the Yuan Dynasty in China, in year 1259. But with today's current technology changing almost every year, the fact that the bit remains practically the same seems something of an oddity.

I was never a fan of bits, so I suppose I'm a little bit biased, but I was experimented with bitless riding since I was about 10 years old. The first device I experimented with was the mechanical hackamore, which was good for stopping forward motion, but didn't really get the "side-action" that I wanted for teaching horses sharp turns and lateral exercises. I experimented with bosals, hackamores, and a variety of halter combinations until I finally found a solution I liked.

I started making my own bitless bridles when I was 16, and began buying better-quality ones shortly thereafter. The bitless bridle features a cross-under design that has stopping power, for forward horses, and can still be very persuasive in turning the head left or right.

But, since I showed Dressage (and in Dressage, bitless bridles are illegal) it was mandatory that I came up with something else for show season. I turned to looking at hundreds of thousands of bits. I saw bits made of plastic, some made of rubber, others that were made of chain, and even others that were made out of copper or sweet iron. But then I discovered the leather bit.

I purchased my first leather bit from New Zealand's Cashmore Equestrian, from an Olympic show jumper, Grant Cashmore. He endorsed and sold the bits and for a while, was the only place I could buy them: they weren't very popular. But I'm now pleased to report that they're gaining popularity all over the world! Leather bits can now be found at a variety of tack stores in the US, the UK and Australia. The benefit of the leatherbit is endless-

1. They mold to your horses mouth, so there are no pressure spots -- ever.
2. There can't be a "nutcracker effect" or any pinch.
3. They don't break (horses can't chew through them, they don't rust away, etc.)
4. There is no risk of fracturing teeth, "deadening the mouth" or creating sore gums.
5. They're always "room temperature" no more ice cold bits during the winter months!

Now since leather is a natural material, they need to be taken care of and kept stored in a cool, dry area, but with quality care they can last for months. There are many varieties, including bits with metal inside, snaffles lined with leather...the list goes on!

So if you have a soft mouthed horse, or want to get your horse even lighter in his 'regular bit' -- give the Leatherbit a try. You wont be sorry!
No Metal in the Mouth - The Leather Bit
No Metal in the Mouth - The Leather Bit
No Metal in the Mouth - The Leather Bit
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Soul Horse  
Wow! thats pretty cool i went to the world horse expo last week and saw those! I didn't buy one because, i don't have a horse... But if i did i would have!
  Mar 2, 2011  •  2,475 views
 
Candy99  
This is so cool! I'm definetly giving the Leatherbit a try!
  Mar 2, 2011  •  2,486 views
 
No Walkin Farms9  
Great article. How much do leather bits usually run? Or what's the price range that you've seen?
  Mar 2, 2011  •  3,271 views
 
Untamed Heart  
hmm... My horse wouldnt like that much... :(
  Mar 2, 2011  •  3,254 views
 
T W I  
Quite interesting!
Too bad I don't own a horse.
  Mar 2, 2011  •  3,258 views
 
Painted Destiny  
Those are cool!
  Mar 3, 2011  •  3,237 views
 
Finally There  
I don't usually use bits anyways. But those look cool. :)
  Mar 3, 2011  •  3,277 views
 
Wandie  MOD 
Wow, that's neat ! Great article :)
  Mar 3, 2011  •  3,279 views
 
Emma Watson  
WOW i am speachless thats so cool
  Mar 3, 2011  •  3,258 views
 
Emmurr  
The do actually look quite comfortable for the horse ^^ I wonder if they'd be better for breaking youngsters than the standard breaking bit, I may have to test this, thanks for the article!
  Mar 3, 2011  •  3,234 views
 
Raychel  
Those are a great idea... Love the article, thanks for sharing it! I never would've known that there was a leather bit! =)
  Mar 3, 2011  •  3,255 views
 
Dark Star   
My trail horse is hard headed, you have to have a 'harsh' bit if your going faster then a walk, but at a walk I think this would work great...honestly, this would only work for soft mouth horses, which some horses are some horses arn't, mine isn't. My barrel horse might be able to use this at a trot, but not any faster and probably not collected (and she's an extreamly laid back horse).

It all depends on the horse which bit you use.
  Mar 3, 2011  •  3,231 views
 
T E M P E S T  
Wow! I've never heard of those, but you learn something new every day!
  Mar 3, 2011  •  3,312 views
 
Isadorable  
Great article! My friend has one of these!
  Mar 4, 2011  •  3,259 views
 
Labyrinth  
That's pretty interesting. I had never heard of bits made of leather.
  Mar 4, 2011  •  3,262 views
 
Emma Watson  
WOW COOL.....
  Mar 4, 2011  •  3,258 views
 
Breegirly  
I have been looking for a new bit and a training bit and I was going to go with rubber but leather def. looks like the best choice!
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,273 views
 
Seven Sins  
first i have heard of leather bits
  Mar 5, 2011  •  3,237 views
 
Milly  
They sound such a great idea for breaking horses and sound very nice
Shame my horse is too strong for them
  Mar 6, 2011  •  3,274 views
 
scherzo  
That's really cool!
  Mar 6, 2011  •  3,250 views
 
Mudflats  
Grant got the idea for leather bits from the ones already sold in Europe. Leather bits are actually illegal for dressage as well. It's a good bit but it works for some horses and not others. One of my horses hates it.
  Mar 10, 2011  •  3,326 views
 
Simplicity  
cool if i had i horse i would prob get one of those
  Mar 21, 2011  •  3,231 views
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