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Guide to Identifying and Evaluating Collective Bits
Riders communicate with horses in many ways, from spur to speech instructions, load balancing, etc. The horse can be turned to the right or right or pulled up with a soft touch. Dentures are an unbelievably important part of this meeting, as they are the part the horse really does feel the most.
Each of the three major bit categories has its own subtype. Bits - A flat or slightly bent mouth piece, with a ring at both ends. The bits have no leverage and are often used for riding. Snuffle Bits - An articulated mouth piece with loops at both ends.
Also these bits have no leverage, but put a certain amount of force by clamping the nozzle. Curve Bits - A little with different mouthpieces style fitted to jaws that have a ring at the top and bottom. These allow the horseman to use leverage to put greater force on the horse's jaw.
A lot of kerb chisels also have gate mouths that put the horse's jaws under a lot of strain. Bars and snaffles are relatively easy and useful chisels, without much room for decoration or craftsmanship in comparison to kerbstone chisels. Many types of curbstones differ in their jaw pattern and nozzle designs.
Let us look at the kerb chart before we come to all these different kinds, so that we can put the whole termology in order. It is also important to be able to speak about the different nozzle models, as bits are often categorised in this way. Below you will find the most popular mouths and jaw shapes.
It is the mouth piece on one set of teeth that has a great influence on how a horse perceives the impression of the teeth. Over the years, many other styles have been used, and some models such as the spades and the half-breed can be found in many different subspecies. We show the most popular and well-known models, but there are at least 15-20 different nozzle styles that you may come across at some point.
Ports - A portrait is a curve in the center of the nozzle and can be more or less strong according to the width and depth of the portrait. The most curbstone chisels have an opening that reduces the stress on the horse's tongues and, if it is a high opening, exerts stress on the taste buds (or the top of the mouth).
Half-Blood - A half-blood half-bits is usually a portrait by means of a scooter or portrait squeeze, although sometimes it is a flat mouthed piece with a port/cricket. Shovel - The shovel drill has a high, shovel-shaped mounting on a flat pole, with a grill and often with clips on both sides.
Spades are the most widely used in Californian traditions and often have cupric cricket and brooch. Spades can be very heavy in the right hand and can hurt a horse so they were a badge for experienced riders, they are no longer used but are loved by gatherers.
Jointted - Joined kerbstone bits are relatively rare among collectibles, but they sometimes get pop-ups from modern manufacturers. An articulated set of teeth is exactly what it sounded like, instead of a sturdy mouth piece it has a hinge that looks like a bridle. There is also a set of bridle and kerb bits with reins in several places on the teeth.
Samaritans - Jesus Mardueño, one of California's most beloved iconic CB. Practically all manufacturers manufactured a copy of this theme. CALIFORIA - Another favorite styles recognized and promoted by G.S. Garcia Saddlery. Globus - A very simple way to easily recognize the large circles that form the cheek.
Frishno - Another California favorite by G.S. Garcia Design. It is not possible to mark all bits and in some cases it is possible to assign an unlabeled one to a particular manufacturer, but no difference what a labeled one is more valuable than an unlabeled one, even if both are 100% from the same manufacturer.
Below are some of the Texas and Californian collectibles, as well as a listing of some modern artisan manufacturers. If you are looking for a full listing of other manufacturers, please see our pages for Texas Style Maker, California Type Maker and Temporary Maker.