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METALAB BIT SELEC TION GUIDE

The following information is designed to assist you in making the best possible bit selection. We believe, however, that one factor is paramount to the function of a bit;good horsemanship requires proper use of all the aids used to cue the horse to perform. This includes the type of hands that initiate the pull of the bit. You will find the bits are organized by level and then by bit type.

MILD EFFECT

Level One
Type of Rider:
• All levels, including beginner
Type of Horse:
• Young, green horses
Types of Mouthpieces:
• Thick mouthpieces
• Solid jointed mouthpieces
• Rubber mouthpieces
Types of Cheeks:
• Short shanks
• Swiveling cheeks
Suggested Bits:
• Eggbutt Snaffles -
• Full Cheek Snaffles -
MODERATE EFFECT

Level Two
Type of Rider:
• Beginner to intermediate
Type of Horse:
• Young to intermediate
Types of Mouthpieces:
• Thinner mouthpieces
• Solid jointed mouthpieces
• Low ports
Types of Cheeks:
• Medium shanks • Swiveling cheeks Suggested Bits:
•Tom Thumb -
• Argentine -
• Low Port Curbs -
MODERATE to STRONG EFFECT

Level Three
Type of Rider:
• Experienced advanced riders
Type of Horse:
• Intermediate to experienced
Types of Mouthpieces:
• Thin mouthpieces
• Twisted mouthpieces
• Medium ports
Types of Cheeks:
• Long shanks
• Gag cheeks
• Non-swiveling cheeks
Suggested Bits:
• Medium Port Curbs -
• Gag Bits -
• Correctional -
STRONG EFFECT

Level Four
Type of Rider:
• Experienced advanced riders
Type of Horse:
• Experienced
Types of Mouthpieces:
• Severe mouthpieces
• Thin, twisted or sharp mouthpieces
• High ports
Types of Cheeks:
• Long shanks
• Gag cheeks
• Non-swiveling cheeks
Suggested Bits:
• Gags with Long Cheeks -
• High Port Curbs -
VERY STRONG EFFECT

Level Five
Type of Rider:
• Experienced advanced riders
Type of Horse:
• Very experienced
Types of Mouthpieces:
• Most complex/severe mouthpieces
• Bike chain mouthpieces
Types of Cheeks:
• Very long shanks
Suggested Bits:
• Hackamore/Bit Combos -
• Barrel Racing Combo Gag Bit -

Abbreviations Explained

MI- Malleable Iron, as its name implies, can be molded, pounded or pressed into shape. It can be plated with other metals such as Nickel, Brass, or Zinc. Malleable Iron may rust when the plating wears and made need replacement.
DC- Die Cast items out of Zinc are inexpensive compared to Solid Brass. Unlike Malleable Iron, Zinc Die Cast tends to be more brittle
SB-Solid Brass has many superior qualities that continually make it a popular metal year after year. Not only is Solid Brass strong, but it will not rust.
NB - Nickel (Plated) Brass is also offered in addition to Solid Brass to further enhance the finish of the base metal.
SS - Stainless Steel continues to be a popular choice because of its strength, shine and antirusting characteristics. The higher initial cost is offset by a longer service life.
NP -Nickel Plating over Malleable Iron or Zinc Die Casting adds a smooth finished look to the casting
BP -Brass Plating over Malleable Iron or Zinc Die Casting also adds a smooth, finished look to the casting.
CP -Chrome Plating, known for its durability, is a dense, smooth yet tough coating of shiny chrome metal over a base metal
ST -Sheet Steel stamped hardware is planted to protect the stamped piece from oxidizing. It’s an inexpensive alternative.
RS -Raw Steel will rust over time.

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