Sweet Iron Bits

Often used in western riding, the Sweet Iron is actually a cold-rolled “mild steel” or carbon steel that has been work hardened. It is often preferred by horses because the oxidation of the rusting or “seasoning” tastes sweet. It also seems to encourage salivation. Salivation is thought to be a “sensitivity enhancer” and many trainers… Read More Sweet Iron Bits

Copper Bits

A copper bit is beautiful to see. However, it is not just a pretty face. Copper has a use. Horses are as different as people are when it comes to what tastes they like or dislike. Many horses appear to like the sweet taste of copper and seem to accept their bit better than a… Read More Copper Bits

Salivation

A horse’s mouth with a foreign object in it (a bit) will likely need some saliva to lubricate the fit and comfort of the bit. However, there is a belief that salivation aids relaxation. In other words, a happy mouth is a wet mouth. And a relaxed horse, has a happy mouth. In some show… Read More Salivation

Horse Anatomy: Tongue

The tongue is a fat muscle that lies easily inside the bottom mouth cavity. When relaxed, it is flat and flaccid pressing gently against the roof of the mouth (palate). The bit sits across the tongue. In a relaxed state, the horse is able to gently “carry” the bit by holding it against his palate… Read More Horse Anatomy: Tongue