Shires Tom Thumb Bit 5 inch
Shires Tom Thumb Bit

Shires Tom Thumb Bit

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3 In Stock - Estimated Delivery Fri 21 June to Tue 25 June

3 In Stock - Estimated Delivery Fri 21 June to Tue 25 June

1 In Stock - Estimated Delivery Fri 21 June to Tue 25 June

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Shires Tom Thumb Bit is useful for horses that can get very strong and encourages lower head carriage without compromising on breaks.

The sweet iron and copper combination helps encourage salivation and softening whilst the copper ribs can help prevent the horse taking too much of a hold on the bit.

The copper players apply pressure to the tongue when the horse gets strong but on the other hand gives the horse something to play with when the horse softens and isn't pulling.

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Shires Tom Thumb Bit Size Guide

How to Measure Your Bit

It is important to ensure you choose the right sized bit for your horse. A bit that’s too-small can pinch and cause rubs on the tongue or cheeks, and a bits that’s too-big can slide around in the mouth and be less effective.

Bits are measured from inside corner to inside corner, across the length of the horse’s mouth. The easiest way to find the correct size bit for your horse is to measure a bit you already have that you know fits well. To measure the size of the bit, simply measure the length of the mouthpiece only, excluding the rings or shanks. This measurement (in mm or inches) corresponds to the size of bit you require.

Standard horse size bitss include 5”, 5 ¼”, and 5 ½” (130mm, 135mm, 140mm.) Pony bits can run as small as 3”, and draft horses be as large as 7”.

What does a well fitting bit look like?

For snaffle bits, you should see 1-2 wrinkles at the corner of the mouth and tension on the cheek pieces without solid pressure. You won’t see any wrinkles for curb bits, but the bit should be resting against the corners of the horse’s mouth and should not be low enough to touch or bang on the teeth.

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