Icelandic Horse Connection

The Bit in the Mouth

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There are several variables in the shape of each horse's mouth; such as height of palate (some horses have very low palates); height, width, length of bars; shape of bars (thick, thin, rounded, pointed, squared); distance between bars; thick or thin tongue as well as wide or narrow; wolf teeth, etc.

Prior damage to any of the landmarks within the mouth, including lips, can affect how a horse perceives a bit, and whether or not it is comfortable for him.

For the horses with low palates, such as Icelandic Horses, single jointed snaffles may bother them. Some prefer double-jointed snaffles, some prefer mullen-mouth bits.

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 bit in the mouth

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