Equine Bit Fitting

Discomfort in the mouth can lead to poor performance and musculoskeletal problems. The horse’s mouth contains many sensitive structures, including the hard palette, bars of the mouth and the tongue, which come into direct contact with the bit. An incorrectly fitted or inappropriate design of bit for your horse therefore has the potential to cause a large amount of discomfort – resulting in avoidance behaviours such as head tossing, opening the mouth, leaning or raised head. Tension and discomfort in the mouth transfers directly to the muscles of the neck, shoulder and back – preventing the back from being raised and the horse from working correctly. As well as influencing performance, the resulting muscle spasm impacts on the musculo-skeletal system, leading to sore, painful muscles.

A careful examination of your horses mouth conformation by our BETA-trained specialist, together with a detailed discussion of training level of both horse and rider and observation of any current bitting problems can help to identify where changes can be made and inform an appropriate choice of bit. When combined with Equine Body Work to address related musculo-skeletal problems, this can make a real difference to the comfort and performance of your horse.

Please note that, in order to remain fully impartial, we provide bitting advice only and do not stock or sell any make of bit.

To book an appointment or for any enquiries, questions or queries please call us on 07793 768835 or email info@whitehorseequinetherapy.co.uk

Equine Therapy
Equine Therapy
We provide expert care to both leisure and competition horses throughout East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent.

Equine Body Work
Equine Body Work
Equine body work is beneficial for box-rested horses, competition horses and veteran horses.

Equine Sports Massage
Equine Sports Massage
A horse has 700 muscles, when these muscles become tight it can restrict the horses movement and become uncomfortable.
Equine Bit Fitting
Equine Bit Fitting
We specialise in bit fitting. It is very important that a bit is fitted correctly, preventing discomfort and health problems to the horse.