What Bit Type and Size Should I Get?

Hello! I have a horse who is very fidgety. He likes to chew everything, and when he's agitated, or even bored of standing, he'll toss his head up and down a little, jingling the bit. Otherwise he goes lovely around, and is on the bit very well.

I currently have him in a 5 1/4 Neue Schule copper bit. Your bit sizing has gotten me a bit uncertain, as it recommends size 130 or smaller for warmbloods under 16hh, but he's a 140 in Neue Schule. I had him bit sized, so I'm quite sure about that.

I'm looking for a full cheek bit (as they are recommended in hunters for when I do some schooling in the hunters), and am wondering if the Happy Tongue sounds like the bit for him, if he fidgets and tosses his head? He also chewed up his Nathe bit at the last horse show because he was nervous, so he is known to chew on the bit too. If there's something more recommended for a fidgety horse, I'd love to hear about it.

Posted in Showjumping & Hunter, asked by Melanie, 3 years ago. 1416 hits.


Hi Melanie,

I think the Fulmer McHardy is a very good choice! Some horse just don't like the maneuverability of the loose rings, I think that it's also the sound of clinking that they don't like.

The Fulmer is a really nice cheek piece, which back up the turning aids.

Your size is also good, 5mm less because the mouth piece fits differently and another 5mm because you are going from loose rings to fixed rings!

Please let me know how it goes with the Fulmer McHardy.


Claire @ Bombers
3 years ago


Hi Melanie,

Would it be possible for you to send me a photo of the bit you are currently using? I'm not 100% sure which Neue Schule you mean.

The sizing guides are just general sizing, they are in no way set in stone. If you were looking at the Fulmer Happy Tongue that size would be a close match to the size of your Neue Schule is your current bit is a broken bit. Broken and unbroken mouth pieces fit differently, with the unbroken mouth pieces needing to be around 10mm smaller than a broken mouth piece. Whether the cheek piece is a loose ring or a fixed ring will also make a big difference..

Does he toss his head and play with the bit when you are asking for a contact as well? Does he ever put his tongue over the bit, or put it out the side of his mouth?

All these question will help me to determine whether he is tongue sensitive or whether a slightly different bit would suit him better.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Claire @ Bombers
3 years ago


Hey there Claire, thank you so much for the reply.

I've attached a picture of my current bit. I think someone that I met by chance last night figured out what irritates my horse. He's always gone quite well in full cheeks, but they haven't had the best mouthpiece, so I never kept using them. Someone last night suggested that it's the loose rings that irritate him, and it all seems to fit together. He's gone best in non-loose rings, shakes his head the most when he has a loose contact in loose rings(therefore the rings moving against his face), and always responds well to the mouth pieces I have him in as far as taking the contact, etc.

Right now I'm looking at your Bombers McHardy Full Cheek Bit in a 130mm. I figure this bit has the same shape as what I already use him in (which I love), no jingling loose rings, has a roller to help his fidgeting habit, and in a the same size as what he currently uses.

What do you think?

Thank you!!

3 years ago
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