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Eggbutt snaffle bitEggbutt Snaffle: This oddly named snaffle does indeed resemble the oval shape of an egg. Unlike a loose ring snaffle, the eggbutt will not rotate in a horse’s mouth; it’s fixed. Though mouthpieces may vary, the eggbutt is generally viewed as a mild to moderate snaffle.

  • Several decades ago, the eggbutt was the bit of choice for show hunters.
  • Horses with thin skin or sensitive mouths respond well to eggbutts, as the bit rings will not pinch or abrade the lips or corners of the mouth.
  • The eggbutt’s oval shape aids somewhat in turning a horse, though not nearly to the effect of a full-cheek or D-ring.

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Stevie    North Ogden, UT

6/2/2014 3:46:27 PM

Great info on bits!! Honestly saved me a headache when looking for an English bit for my newly transitioned horse from western riding.

Kiara    Beautiful, MN

10/4/2013 8:47:49 AM

Thanks SO much for all of the information on bits! It really helps me decide which one to get for my horse that has not yet used a bit...this helps me pick a mild bit that I wanted, but couldn't figure out how to know which on was mild, and which one wasn't. :-)

PKL    Somewhere, WY

12/12/2011 7:16:26 AM

Sorry, I guess I was getting ahead of myself, I was not logged in when I left the last message.

PKL    Somewhere, WY

12/12/2011 7:12:19 AM

It's alway interesting to learn about more bits. I use this kind.

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