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Bit Stages

Use the five Bit Stages to help you narrow your focus from Reinsman’s 300 bits to the right bit for your horse and riding situation.

Easily Discover the Right Bit for Your Horse

Reinsman’s Bit Stages approach focuses on the horse and rider in their specific situation, as different events and circumstances call for different bit choices. The bit you use to trail ride in may not be the best choice for the arena or for when your Jr. Rodeo star steps up on mom or dad’s horse. Same horse, different situation or rider, a different bit. It’s about achieving effective communication and control in each individual situation..

The Bit Stages system accompanies Reinsman’s detailed information on the back of each Reinsman bit tag to make bit selection easier than ever.

Direct Reining and use both hands while riding

These snaffle bits are great for starting horses, training, or maintaining steady contact. Some riders prefer to use a snaffle indefinitely. Because these bits do not have leverage, it's a 1:1 ratio. You'll find a large variety of loose ring and fixed dee snaffles with a variety of mouthpieces.

A leather curb strap is optional, but we recommend using a leather curb strap with all snaffle bits for safety.

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Transition from using two hands to one hand while teaching neck reining.

These bits are great for introducing leverage and curb pressure. The bits have short shanks for the introduction of leverage for a longer response time so your horse has time to think. Short shanks mean there's a little more time for your horse to feel and think about what you're asking, while longer shanks are a quicker response.

Use a curb chain with these bits.

Where neck reining is a way of life

In this stage, your horse works well while you're riding with one hand and consistently neck reining. He responds well to poll pressure and yields to light pressure. These bits' features include solid mouthpieces, cheek attachments, and swivel cheeks with jointed mouthpieces or low to medium ports.

Use a curb chain with these bits.

Are we talking or whispering?

It's all about refinement with subtle cues and quick communication. Characteristics include increased leverage (longer shanks), more sophisticated mouthpieces, and may also incorporate higher ports.

Time for the Pros

When your horse enters Stage E – he’s asking for some time with the Pros. Here tiny twists, very high ports, and highly complex mouthpieces are key components and are recommended only for experienced horsemen.

Parts of a Bit
Learn the Terminology

Cheeks: Sides of the bit and includes both purchase and shank
Shank: Portion of cheeks below the mouthpiece. The longer the shank, the more leverage
Mouthpiece: part of the bit that goes in the horse’s mouth
Bars: Each side of the mouthpiece that rests on the horse’s bars (gum area between front and back teeth)
Port: Center portion of mouthpiece. Both height and the amount of tongue pressure or tongue relief

Use the Mildest Bit You Can

We believe in better communication, protection and safety, and the relationship between horse and rider. Be a good steward of your horse and learn the proper functions and use of a bit. Seek professional help if you're unsure, and we're always here to answer your questions.

All Reinsman bits are backed by our Handshake Promise, which is a lifetime warranty from craftsmanship defects. We take great pride in our bits and believe in each one we make. We promise to build the highest quality products from the best materials so your bits last.

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