Blue Ribbon Bits

  • Introducing our new and improved range of bits

    We understand the importance of a comfortable design and the practical effect you require from your bit. We have intensely studied the anatomy of the Saddlebred’s bone structure around the mandible and facial crest. Our bits have been designed, tested and formulated to support maximum comfort in your horse’s mouth. These bits have been moulded around the bar of the lower jaw, ensuring perfect fit in the inter-dental region. Tooth placement and the pallet impacting our final product.

    Our bits become functional once reign pressure is applied. The range varies in style, shape, width, height and length. We offer you snaffles and curbs, specific to task, their action depending on the shape and style.

    Bits that have shanks extended from the mouth piece are referred as curb bits. Curb mouthpieces range from a straight bar, to slightly ported to a full spoon. Bits that are single jointed and act on the tongue are called snaffle bits.

    Your horse’s needs and comfort fully prioritized.

  • Finding your way around our ordering system

    • Click on the shopping cart to view size options
    • Select product and add to cart
    • Complete your order by selecting to view cart
    • Proceed to checkout
    • Complete your contact details

    Our response to your order

    • Delivery address verification
    • Calculate product and delivery cost
    • Invoice you for products purchased

    Final stage of purchase

    • Supply us with proof of payment
    • We package and ship

    Agents

    USA agent: Joan Hamilton
    Contact number: +1 859 481 1892
    Email: jahjah@bellsouth.net

    RSA agent: Irene van der Westhuizen
    Contact number: +27 83 616 1294
    Email: info@mountainviewstablessa.co.za

Regardless of the bit, efficiency ultimately rests in the hands applying the pressure


Useful bit terminology

  • Bars  –  fleshy toothless area sited between incisors and molars
  • Bridoon  –  snaffle bit used in conjunction with a curb, upward action
  • Cheek /bit ring  –  ring attached to mouth piece
  • Cheek piece  –  entire length of bit, including purchase and shank
  • Chin groove  –  area above bottom lip where curb chain rests
  • Curb Bit  –  shanked mouth piece, downward rotation action on jaw
  • Curb Chain  –  pressure chain attached to curb, sets bit timing
  • Loose jawed  –  swivel motion at point where mouthpiece attaches to shank
  • Lock-up  –  limited folding action, maintains rounded shape
  • Mid ring  –  centred on shank for attachment of lip strap
  • Mouthpiece  –  functional part of curb or snaffle, placed inside the mouth
  • Mullen Relief  –  forward curve to the mouth piece
  • Poll pressure  –  engaging pressure from the bit through headstall to poll
  • Port  –  curvature or raised section on curb, varying in height and depth
  • Purchase  –  upper portion extending up to headstall from the bit piece
  • Rein ring  –  ring which reins are attached
  • Roof  –  horses pallet
  • Shank  –  lower leverage portion extending down from the bit piece
  • Snaffle  –  single jointed bit or solid mouthpiece, upward action with cheek rings
  • Swivel  –  mouth piece, swivels independently from shank action
  • Timing  –  amount of time between rein pressure and effect
  • Tongue  –  Fleshy muscle which bits rest on
  • Weymouth  –  Curb bit component of the double bridle

Blue Ribbon Bit Catalogue

Working Bits


A snaffle bit consists of a mouthpiece supported by cheek rings on either side. Snaffles may be jointed or solid. A snaffle bit creates direct upward pressure and offers no leverage. The mouthpiece responds to hand pressure and acts directly on the horses tongue, bars, corner of mouth, poll and on the sides of the jawbone. Unlike the curb, one ounce of pressure applied by the reins, will apply an exact and equal amount of pressure to the mouth. It is important to check your horse’s jaw to determine whether he has narrow or wide bars, this will help you determine your bit size.
  • Eggbutt Bomber Blue 120


    Price ZAR939.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Width: 120 mm

    Function and description:

    Wonderful Snaffle for starting your young horse. Light low ported mouthpiece. The wide port relieves tongue pressure, broadens contact area and increases salivation. The bit offers a slow release function and applies mild poll pressure. It is a soft functional bit.

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  • Halfspoon Bomber Blue 120


    Price ZAR880.00

    Classification: Snaffle  |  Width: 120 mm

    Function and description:

    Light low ported mouthpiece. The wide port relieves tongue pressure, broadens contact area and increases salivation. The half spoon has a lower cheek piece; it serves lateral guidance and rests securely in the mouth. The bit offers a slow release function and applies mild poll pressure. It is a soft functional bit

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  • Saddler Loose Ring Lock Up 125 B14


    Price ZAR615.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece Thickness: B 14 mm | Width: 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and loose rings. The loose rings allow the tongue to release and immediately re-adjust pressure, relieving areas on the tongue and bar periodically. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. It is a soft functional bit.

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  • Half Spoon Lock Up 120 B14


    Price ZAR653.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 14 mm / Width: 120 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism. The half spoon has a lower cheek piece; it serves lateral guidance and it rests securely in the mouth. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. It is a soft functional bit

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  • Saddler Loose Ring Lock Up Square Twist 125 B12


    Price ZAR636.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 12 mm | Width: 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Half Spoon Lock Up Square Twist 120 B12


    Price ZAR675.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 12 mm | Width: 120 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The half spoon has a lower cheek piece; it serves lateral guidance and rests securely in the mouth. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Saddler Loose Ring Lock Up Square Twist 125 B10


    Price ZAR636.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 10 mm | Width: 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Half Spoon Lock Up Square Twist 120 B10


    Price ZAR675.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 10 mm | Width: 120 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The half spoon has a lower cheek piece; it serves lateral guidance and rests securely in the mouth. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Saddler Loose Ring Lock Up Square Twist 125 B08


    Price ZAR636.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 08 mm | Width: 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Half Spoon Lock Up Square Twist 120 B08


    Price ZAR675.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 08 mm | Width: 120 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The half spoon has a lower cheek piece; it serves lateral guidance and rests securely in the mouth. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Saddler Loose Ring Lock Up Square Twist 125 B04


    Price ZAR636.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 04 mm | Width: 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a stronger functional bit.

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  • Half Spoon Lock up Square Twist 120 B04


    Price ZAR675.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 04 mm | Width: 120 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The half spoon has a lower cheek piece; it serves lateral guidance and rests securely in the mouth. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a stronger functional bit.

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  • Loose Ring Reversible Link

    Price ZAR840.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 08 mm | Width: 130 mm

    Function and description:

    Versatile, multi jointed mouth piece with unique wrap around mechanism. The mouthpiece is reversible and uniquely acts as two bits in one.  The links gently wrap around the tongue, offer a broad contact area with non specific pressure points. The one side is smooth with curved edges, used on the reverse; it has carefully grooved triangular indentations. Use of the smooth side is recommended for light mouthed horses. It is a soft to medium functional bit.

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  • Half Spoon Reversible Link


    Price ZAR878.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 08 mm | Width: 130 mm

    Function and description:

    Versatile, multi jointed mouth piece with unique wrap around mechanism. The half spoon has a lower cheek piece; it serves lateral guidance and rests securely in the mouth. The mouthpiece is reversible and uniquely acts as two bits in one.  The links gently wrap around the tongue, offer a broad contact area with non specific pressure points. The one side is smooth with curved edges, used on the reverse; it has carefully grooved triangular indentations. Use of the smooth side is recommended for light mouthed horses. It is a soft to medium functional bit.

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  • Half Spoon Saddler Mullen Round twist with floating rings 120


    Price ZAR754.00

    Classification: Snaffle  |  Mouthpiece thickness: B 05
    Shank length: 120mm  |  Purchase Length: 45mm
    Material: sweet iron
    Light, solid mouth piece with unique curve/bow and gentle twist. The half spoon has a lower cheek piece; it serves lateral guidance and rests securely in the mouth. The unique bow mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue and maintains a soft rounded contour resulting in general tongue relief. The round twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a soft to medium functional bit.
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  • Half Spoon Spinner Lock Up 120 B14


    Price ZAR873.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 14 mm | Width: 120 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique spinner. The half spoon has a lower cheek piece; it serves lateral guidance and rests securely in the mouth. The added spinner gently rests on the tongue, preventing the horse from placing the tongue over the bit. By encouraging the tongue to stay under the bit, the bars are protected. The lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. It is a medium functional bit.

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Weymouth Curb Bits


A Weymouth curb bit is a curb bit piece used in conjunction with a snaffle bit on a Double Bridle. A curb bit consists of a mouthpiece supported by shanks that provide leverage. Curbs tend to be solid; however jointed mouthpieces fixed to shanks are also classified as curbs. Curbs enforce collection. The mouthpiece responds to leverage enforced on the shank by rein pressure and acts directly on the horses tongue, bars, sides of the jaw bone and poll. The curb is supported by a curb chain. Curb chain pressure sets the timing of the bit; a loose chain has a slow reaction while a tight chain triggers a rapid response. The ratio between the purchase and the shank determine the leverage applied to the chin and poll. A longer purchase propels increased leverage yet a slower reaction. A short purchase propels decreased leverage and quicker reaction. In general, long necked horses are suited to a long purchase and short necked horses are suited to a shorter purchase. It is important to check your horse’s jaw to determine whether he has narrow or wide bars, this will help you determine your bit size.
  • Saddler Swivel Bomber Blue 120 & 125


    Price ZAR1656.00

    Classification: Curb | Width: 120 & 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Weymouth, ported swivel mouthpiece with independent shank action. The saddler swivel is a dynamic bit, the loose jaw mouthpiece action fully separated from the shank. The swivel mechanism allows the horse to uniquely place the bit in his mouth comfortably. The bit has a short purchase, low impact leverage and a quick reaction on rein pressure. The bit works through the poll, bar, tongue and roof of the mouth. It is a soft functional bit

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  • Bomber Blue Weymouth 120 & 125


    Price ZAR1656.00

    Classification: Curb | Width: 120 & 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Weymouth, ported mouthpiece with loose jaw shanks. The ported mouthpiece allows tongue relief. The bit has a short purchase, low impact leverage and a quick reaction on rein pressure. The bit works through the poll, bar, tongue and roof of the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Weymouth Happy Tongue Straight 120 & 125


    Price ZAR1350.00

    Classification: Curb | Width: 120 & 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Weymouth, ported mouthpiece with fixed shanks. The ported mouthpiece allows tongue relief. The shanks are fixed onto the mouthpiece and run straight down. The bit has a short purchase, low impact leverage and a quick reaction on rein pressure. The bit works through the poll, bar, tongue and roof of the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Weymouth Happy Tongue Curved 120


    Price ZAR1350.00

    Classification: Curb  |  Mouthpiece thickness: B12/8

    Shank length: 120mm |  Purchase Length: 45mm  |  Material: sweet iron

    Function and description: Weymouth, forward curve, ported mouthpiece with fixed shanks. The ported mouthpiece allows tongue relief. The curve allows for a soft and broad resting surface on the tongue. The shanks are fixed onto the mouthpiece and run straight down. The bit has a short purchase, low impact leverage and a quick reaction on rein pressure. The bit works through the poll, bar, tongue and roof of the mouth. It is a soft to medium functional bit

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  • Irene Swivel 120 & 125


    Price ZAR1678.00

    Classification: Curb | Width: 120 & 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Weymouth, broad, flat ported, swivel mouthpiece with independent shank action. The flat ported loose jaw mouthpiece action fully separated from the shank. The swivel mechanism allows the horse to uniquely place the bit in his mouth comfortably. The bit has a short purchase, high impact leverage and a quick reaction on rein pressure. The bit works through the tongue and roof of the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Irene Fixed 120 & 125


    Price ZAR1678.00

    Classification: Curb | Width: 120 & 125 mm

    Function and description:

    Weymouth, broad, flat ported, mouthpiece with fixed shanks. The broad flat port rests across the tongue, raising off the tongue and securing contact on the roof when applied. The bit has a short purchase, high impact leverage and a quick reaction on rein pressure. The bit works through the tongue and roof of the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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Bridoons


A bridoon snaffle bit is used in conjunction with a curb to form part of a Double Bridle. A bridoon bit consists of a mouthpiece supported by cheek rings on either side. Snaffles may be jointed or solid. A snaffle bit creates direct upward pressure and offers no leverage. The mouthpiece responds to hand pressure and acts directly on the corners of the mouth and on the sides of the jawbone. Unlike the curb, one ounce of pressure applied by the reins, will apply an exact and equal amount of pressure to the mouth. It is important to check your horse’s jaw to determine whether he has narrow or wide bars, this will help you determine your bit size.
Always make sure your Bridoon Snaffle is 10mm wider than your Curb Bit and your Lock Up Snaffle must be 5mm wider than your Curb Bit .
  • Bridoon Lock Up 125 & 130 B08


    Price ZAR615.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 08 mm | Width: 125 & 130 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and loose rings. The loose rings allow the tongue to release and immediately re-adjust pressure, relieving areas on the tongue and bar periodically. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. It is a soft functional bit.

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  • Bridoon Lock Up Square Twist 125 & 130 B08


    Price ZAR636.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 08 mm | Width: 125 & 130 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Bridoon Lock Up Square Twist 125 & 130 B04


    Price ZAR636.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 04 mm | Width: 125 & 130 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with unique lock up mechanism and gentle twist. The unique lock up mechanism protects the corners of the mouth, broadens contact surface over the entire tongue, maintains a soft rounded contour and locks at maximum curvature preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Bridoon Snaffle 130 & 135 B08


    Price ZAR570.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 08 mm | Width: 125 & 130 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed curved jointed mouth piece with loose rings. The rounded curvature broadens the contact surface over the entire tongue. It maintains a soft rounded contour with an offset centre preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. It is a soft functional bit.

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  • Bridoon Snaffle Square Twist 130 & 135 B08


    Price ZAR593.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 08 mm | Width: 130 & 135 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with loose rings and gentle twist.

    It maintains a soft rounded contour with an offset centre preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Bridoon Snaffle Square Twist 130 & 135 B04


    Price ZAR593.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 04 mm | Width: 130 & 135 mm

    Function and description:

    Light, single jointed mouth piece with loose rings and gentle twist.

    It maintains a soft rounded contour with an offset centre, preventing the snaffle from forming the traditional solid V shape. The square twist provides the mouth piece with multiple pressure points and delivers an uneven slide through the mouth. It is a medium functional bit.

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  • Bridoon Reversible Link


    Price ZAR840.00

    Classification: Snaffle | Mouthpiece thickness: B 08 mm | Width: 130 mm

    Function and description:

    Versatile, multi jointed mouth piece with unique wrap around mechanism. The mouthpiece is reversible and uniquely acts as two bits in one.  The links gently wrap around the tongue, offering a broad contact area with non specific pressure points. The one side is smooth with curved edges, used on the reverse; it has carefully grooved triangular indentations. Use of the smooth side is recommended for light mouthed horses. It is a soft to medium functional bit.

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