Category Archives: Horse Bits

Antique and collectable horse bits

Modified Driving Bit

I’m trying to work out what has happened to this bit and why. It’s a 19th Century steel Austrohungarian driving bit with an arched mouth – that much is clear. However on its near (left) side it has a Pelham … Continue reading

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Beery Four-in-One Bit

I’ve had this bit for a while. I had assumed it was some sort of harness bit, but I have just learned that it is a Beery 4 Way or Four-in-One Bit “Professor” Jesse Beery (1861-1945) was an interesting man. … Continue reading

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A Hanoverian Bit

These days the Hanoverian mouthpiece is usually found on a pelham bit or occasionally on a snaffle It has a large central port with rollers on each side. The rollers are supposed to encourage the horse to relax its jaw, … Continue reading

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Dogon Noseband

It probably demonstrates my ignorance, but when I think of African bridles I tend to picture rather severe-looking ring bits. So the metal nosebands sometimes used by the Dogon people were a pleasant discovery. They are used as a hackamore … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridle

I have owned this bridle for a while now and it has me puzzled. It is made of dark brown or black leather lined with soft red leather. It is decorated with ridged plates of gilt brass and gilt brass … Continue reading

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Ranchero Ingenuity

This is an old Mexican ring bit It was obviously much used, it has lost its chains and a couple of silver studs. I love the fact that a previous owner or their blacksmith has replaced the rein loops with … Continue reading

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Latchford, the Loriner (and Grave Despoiler?)

If you find yourself in Trafalgar Square I would recommend visiting the crypt of St.Martin-in-the-fields for several reasons : It is a remarkable brick built vaulted structure They have an excellent cafe And high up on one of the pillars … Continue reading

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Equestrian Decor

  Someone contacted me last week looking for old eggbutt bits to use as curtain tie-backs (or more accurately drape tie-backs, they were in the USA) This sounded like an interesting idea & got me looking around the web for … Continue reading

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Place Names

I found myself in Kineton yesterday. And where did my thoughts wander? Did I appreciate the 13th Century church , and the village green and pond? Or the late summer sun shining through the trees? Not so much – I … Continue reading

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Weald and Downland Museum

The Weald & Downland Museum near Chichester in Sussex is a fantastic place. Not only are there over forty rescued and reconstructed buildings, they also run courses teaching traditional skills and crafts – everything from making natural dyes, through polelathing … Continue reading

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