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Old 24th Jan 2009, 12:21 PM
Jacari Jacari is offline
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Measuring horses mouth for correct bit size?

Hi everyone.

What is the best and most efficient way of doing this to ensure that the correct bit is bought?

Where do you measure from and are there any easy ways of doing it?

Thank you.
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Old 24th Jan 2009, 12:27 PM
Sexy Sietske Sexy Sietske is offline
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Placing a wooden spoon (the long handle) where the bit would go, saliva will wet the wood and make it darker then simply measure the dark/wet bit.
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Old 24th Jan 2009, 12:48 PM
Jacari Jacari is offline
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Thank you - good idea.
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Old 24th Jan 2009, 02:02 PM
9tails 9tails is offline
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Don't just go on the size of the wet bit though, you generally need half an inch either side otherwise it'll be far too tight.
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Old 24th Jan 2009, 02:10 PM
tetsmum tetsmum is offline
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I put string into my horses mouth and marked where their lips were with a marker pen, took that to the tack shop and let them help me size the bit to fit...... not technical, but it worked.
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Old 24th Jan 2009, 02:24 PM
The_Equestrian The_Equestrian is offline
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If you want to get technical you can buy a 'Bit-Fit Mouth Measurement Tool' your local tack shop should be able to get you one.
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Old 24th Jan 2009, 08:06 PM
cinammontoast cinammontoast is offline
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I tried out tons of different sizes and types on my horse til I found one he liked and that fit correctly. If you use the wooden spoon method, use a marker pen half an inch either side and make sure it's evenly in the mouth. Get an experienced mate to help as it's very easy to make errors.
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