Full Cheek French Bit

Full Cheek French Bit

Product Description

An eggbutt sided, full ball cheek snaffle, with a double jointed mouthpiece connected by a flat plate, that removes the nutcracker action of a single joint. The eggbutt sides give a cushioned effect to the sides of the mouth prevent pinching or chaffing; while the full cheeks ensure that the mouthpiece remains central in the mouth and cannot be pulled through. They also provide cheek pressure and guidance to help keep the horse straight. The flat plate acts on the centre of the tongue- at a slight angle if cheek keepers are fitted to keep the cheeks upright and prevent the bit turning over in the mouth. The keepers are fitted to the bridle head and loop round the upper arm of the cheek to fix it. The medium sized  ring, D rings give a positive contact.

How To....

How to measure for a bit

A bit should fit your horse’s mouth so that the mouthpiece extends approximately 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) beyond the horse’s lips on either side, but not so tight that the horse might be pinched by any movable cheek pieces. You also don’t want a great length of bit hanging out of the horse’s mouth.


The different parts of the mouthpieces on bits are made to sit on specific areas of the mouth. So for the bit to be effective, the bit needs to contact those areas properly. You also don’t want the bit pulling through the horse’s mouth when you pull on a rein.


Measure an old bit you know already fits. Use a tape measure to measure from the inside of each cheek piece or ring.


Use a piece of string about 12” (30cm) long. Tie a knot about 2 inches (5cm) in. Put it through your horse’s mouth, with the knot against the lips on one side. Mark the opposite side with a marker or little piece of tape.

The flat plate removes the nutcracker action.

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