Types of English Horse Bits

If you go to a tack shop you might be overwhelmed by the number of English bits they have. There’s everything from snaffles to kimberwicks to pelhams and everything in between. 


4 Common Types of English Horse Bits

1. Snaffle Bits Snaffle bits are the most common type of bits for horses and also the simplest type of bit. A snaffle bit is made up of a straight or jointed ...

2. Pelham Bits

Pelham bits function like a curb bit and snaffle bit. They include a shank, curb chain and have rings for both a snaffle and curb rein, providing control and collection. Though they ...

Kimberwicks are a popular bit in English riding. They are similar to snaffles but provide more leverage and control. 

3. Kimberwick Bits

Materials Used for English Horse Bits

There are different materials bits can be made of that. Most bits for horses are made from metals; however, some are also made from rubber.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the most commonly used material for horse bits. It is an easy and cheap metal to produce and won’t rust. Stainless steel is strong and durable, making it a ...


The copper increases salivation in a horse’s mouth, making it a great choice for horses that lock up on the bit. Copper provides softness and comfort in a horse’s mouth.

There are several different types of bits used in English riding, each with a specific purpose. When choosing a bit for your horse, it is best to start out simple and work up to something more advanced if needed.


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