| The mouth bar |
Surveys have shown that 80% of horses have low palates and large fleshy tongues. This means that the majority of bits on the market are too thick in the mouth bar and so don't leave enough room in the mouth for the tongue.
As a result the tongue lifts the mouth bar up until it contacts the roof of the mouth (mouth palate). This is a major irritation which causes the horse to toss its head up and forwards to try and shake the bit to the front of the mouth to create some room and stop the contact to the palate.
We have eliminated this problem by introducing a thinner mouth bar which leaves plenty of room for the tongue and eliminates contact to the roof of the mouth as well as being lightweight and beautifully shaped to fit over the tongue. Also being a fixed mullen mouth bar there is no "nutcracker "effect which is very disconcerting to horses.
| Position of the mouth bar over the tongue |
The mouth bar of the Macs Equine Pee Wee bit sits further forward over the tongue and bars than conventional bits. This position of contact on the tongue along with even pressure down onto the bars, encourages the horse to flex down at the pole, which means the horse is down over the bit in a better position to work rather than getting behind the bit and getting it's head in the air and wanting to take off. This better head and neck carriage position acts like a natural brake that makes it far easier to pull up a horse.
The mouth bar also provides tongue relief and stays permanently quiet in the mouth until a command is given. This unique benefit is achieved due to the floating mouth bar. The mouth bar actually floats up and down and backwards on the large rings so at no time is there pressure on the tongue.
Horses move their tongue readily when they swallow and while drinking water and with traditional bits a mouth bar is an obstruction but the mouth bar of the Pee Wee does not interfere with tongue movement, which provides comfort at all times for the horse.
| Position of large rings and side bars |
A large percentage of bitting issues are the result of the large rings or bars of the bit contacting the sensitive side of the face. This results in the lips being forced against the teeth, which causes pain to the horse. Proof of this is when the horse starts tossing their head to the side to try and get away from the bit to relieve the discomfort, or if the pain becomes extreme, they will actually start laying on the bit to fight the pain, which results in the all too familiar problems.
The Macs Equine Pee Wee bit eliminates these problems due to the fact the large rings of the Pee Wee do not contact the sensitive sides of the face. The rings actually fold back over the outside of the small side bars which are positioned under the lower jaw which keeps them off the face, eliminating pinching and hence head tossing.
The side bars are strategically placed just outside of the lower jaw and only contact the jaw when rein contact is given. Due to the specific placement of these side bars, it is too uncomfortable for a horse to lay against the side bars, so you no longer lose contact. It also makes it very easy to turn a horse.
|Pee Wee Horse Bit Fitting|
|The photos to the right show the correct position for all riding disciplines. Note the position of the side bar and how it points back to the riders legs. |
As the mouth bar is aligned with the side bars it gives you a good indication of the position the mouth bar is sitting in the horse's mouth. It is positioned squarely and evenly over the tongue and bars which results in even pressure when rein contact is applied. As a result no discomfort occurs from pinching the sensitive parts of the mouth such as the tongue and lips.
|It is also important to note that there are NO WRINKLES OR CREASES in the corner of the horses mouth. The mouth bar should only make passive contact when the cheek straps have been set at the correct length. |
Ensure you can place a couple of fingers between the chin strap and the horse's chin. This strap is NOT a curb strap and only acts as security in keeping the bit in place and therefore should not put any pressure on the chin.
|It is recommended that you bit your horse up and turn it out for an hour to mouth the bit before you commence a training session or ride. You should expect it to take up to four rides before your horse has reached maximum performance with the Pee Wee bit.|
|The photo on the left shows the Macs Equine Pee Wee bit set up in the INCORRECT position. Note how the large rings are turned up and away from the side bars.This results in the mouth bar sitting much higher in the mouth. You will also notice how the side bars are facing downwards instead of facing back towards the riders knees.|
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