View Full Version : Can anyone tell me about Swales bits?
20th Jan 2006, 11:11 AM
A friend of mine has just bought a horse that is ridden in a Swales bit. Ive never heard of these before so was wondering if someone could tell me a little more about them. Also, is the sizing a little strange? My friends new horse is only a dainty thing but she has been told it takes a 6" Swales bit :confused:
20th Jan 2006, 11:33 AM
is a picture. it needs to be wider because the 'snaffle' rings are on the inside, so they squeeze in when any contact is taken.
20th Jan 2006, 01:01 PM
Cheers. So they squeeze the sides of the horses mouth? Hmmm, dont like the sound of that. Whats so good about them? (or why do people use them?)
20th Jan 2006, 01:04 PM
they are very severe - the squeezing is the point of the bit.
20th Jan 2006, 01:48 PM
I thought it was considered a driving bit and the reins are not attatched at all to the rings? That's where the cheekpieces go, with the reins on the ring on the shank.
I've seen standardbreds in it.
20th Jan 2006, 01:49 PM
the driving bit is a wilson snaffle, styric. a fair few people show in the swales, although it may well be a driving bit as well.
20th Jan 2006, 01:53 PM
Ah, just looked closer. If it has the ring on the bottom, it's used more for riding. The driving bit is identical, it just looks like it has liverpool shanks.
My bad :)
20th Jan 2006, 02:05 PM
that's interesting - i didn't know there was a driving version.
20th Jan 2006, 02:09 PM
There you go :)
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