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4 1/8" / 105mm 3
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4.5" / 114mm 3
4.5" / 115mm 35
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4.75" / 120mm 12
5" / 125mm 46
5" / 127mm 6
Medium (5" - 5.5") 4
5 1/8" / 130mm 10
5.25" / 133mm 6
5.25" / 135mm 22
5.5" / 140mm 41
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5.75" / 145mm 22
5.75" / 146mm 6
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6" / 150mm 19
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6.25" / 160mm 2
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Loose Ring Snaffles

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  1. Shires French Link Bradoon
    £15.50

    The Shires French Link Bradoon is a traditional French link snaffle with a smaller loose rings and a thinner mouthpiece. This bradoon is designed for use either in conjunction with a Weymouth as a double mouthpiece or can be used as a French link snaffle for horses and ponies with smaller mouths. The mouthpiece is thinner than a normal French link snaffle, measuring 14mm thick, which can be more comfortable for smaller mouths. The loose rings measure 50mm and look neater against smaller faces.

    - Thinner 14mm mouthpiece thickness for horses and ponies with smaller mouths
    - Can be used in conjunction with a Weymouth for a double mouthpiece on a double bridle, or can be used as a normal snaffle
    - Smaller loose rings look neater against smaller faces
    British Dressage legal

    Available in 4.5", 5" and 5.5"

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  2. Sprenger Dynamic RS Bradoon
    £124.00

    The bit lies perfectly in the horse's mouth resulting in soft and even pressure on the entire tongue area, encouraging the horse to chew. This Dynamic RS bits stimulate the horse to accept the bit more easily. The curved joints enable the bit to stay in the correct and central position on the tongue. The fine lozenge can direct gentle pressure pivotally onto the tongue. Made from Aurigan which composes of 85% copper, 4% nickel with zinc for superb oxidation.

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  3. Sprenger Single Jointed Dynamic RS Bradoon
    £102.70

    Lies perfectly in the horse's mouth resulting in soft and even pressure on the entire tongue area, encouraging the horse to chew. It stimultes the horse to accept the bit more easily. Made from Aurigan which composes of 85% copper, 4% nickel with zinc for superb oxidation.

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  4. Sprenger MAX-Control Loose Ring
    £63.50

    The MAX-Control is a double-jointed bit which, at a first glance, cannot be distinguished from other double-jointed loose ring snaffles.

    However, it is a correction or training bit which locks at a certain angle and thus becomes a straight bar. The bit lies very well in the mouth when the horse is working properly. When the horse opposes the rider's hand the more intensive rigid effect occurs.

    Ideal for a horse that opposes it's rider's aids.

    This bit is available in Stainless Steel in a number of sizes and thicknesses.

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  5. Sprenger Sensogan Bradoon
    From: £61.50
    Bradoon bits are thinner & lighter weight than regular eggbutt or loose ring bits. They also have smaller rings. Designed to be used in conjunction with a curb bit, such as a Weymouth, to make a double bridle set. Typically loose ring bradoons are used with sliding cheek Weymouths Sensogan is a revolutionary new material which has been produced by Sprenger; it's unique composition of copper, manganese and zinc make Sensogan different to anything else on the market. Sensogan results in a smoother and more regulated oxidation process in the mouth which helps to make the contact and feel more consistent. Manganese is an important micronutrient which can help to prevent muscle tension thus reducing stress levels and Sensogan delivers regulated levels of manganese to the horse helping to improve the overall connection and harmony between horse and rider. Available in a choice of stainless steel or Aurigan rings. Learn More
  6. Dever Curved Mouth Loose Ring French Link Snaffle Bit
    £18.50

    The Dever loose ring French link snaffle bit is the ideal bit choice for horses that are uncomfortable in a standard jointed snaffle. This loose ring snaffle features a French link in the centre of the mouthpiece which alleviates the regular nutcracker action that a single- jointed mouthpiece has and therefore, this bit is far milder on the horses mouth making it ideal for younger horses, sensitive horses or horses that have a novice rider on board. The curved mouthpiece further ensures adequate room and comfort for the horse's tongue.

    The French link reduces palate pressure making it far more comfortable on the bars of the horse's mouth. The French link lies flat on the horse's tongue and therefore is very mild. This snaffle is often a favourite choice for dressage as it promotes relaxation. It is currently dressage legal, but please check this against the British Dressage rulebook.

    The loose ring of this Dever snaffle bit promotes self carriage as it decreases the horse's ability to lean on the bit. As the horse's ability to lean is reduced, this horse bit enhances feel and communication between the rider's hand and the horse's mouth.

    Stainless steel

    Available in a variety of sizes

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  7. Shires EquiKind+ Peanut Link Loose Ring Snaffle

    RRP £23.99

    From: £19.43

    The Shires EquiKind+ Peanut Link Loose Ring Snaffle is a kind, mild action double jointed bit which encourages acceptance of a contact. The peanut link is soft against the tongue until pressure is applied. The combination of the loose rings and the flexible double joint help to discourage the horse from leaning on the bit. 

    EquiKind+ bits are stainless steel bits with a soft coating, offering a thinner mouthpiece than rubber bits but with a similar feel. This makes the EquiKind+ range more comfortable for horses which don't have room for a thick mouthpiece and ideal for sensitive mouths or those adverse to metal. The mouthpiece measures 15mm.

    - Kind, mild action bit
    - Double joint discourages the horse from leaning on the bit
    - EquiKind+ mouthpiece material to be more comfortable for smaller or more sensitive mouths 
    - 15mm mouthpiece thickness
    British Dressage legal

    Available in 4.5", 5" and 5.5"

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  8. Shires Brass Alloy Curved Loose Ring Snaffle
    £22.99

    The Shires Brass Alloy Curved Loose Ring Snaffle features a curved mouthpiece which takes up less room in the mouth, making this an ideal choice for horses with larger tongues or smaller mouths. The 16mm mouthpiece is made from copper alloyed with a harder metal to produce a durable bit which is warm, palatable and aids salivation to increase acceptable. The single joint increases lateral control while the loose rings allow the mouthpiece to move within the mouth, preventing the horse from leaning or fixing on the bit. Smaller bit rings on the 4.5" and 5" mouthpieces are neater against the heads of ponies and small horses.

    Bit ring measurement: 50mm - 4.5", 5"; 65mm - 5.5"

    - Designed with a curved mouthpiece which takes up less room in the mouth
    - Ideal choice for horses with larger tongues or smaller mouths
    - Brass alloy metal is durable yet warm and palatable to aid salivation and acceptance
    - British Dressage legal

    Available in 4.5", 5" and 5.5"

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  9. Shires Brass Alloy Loose Ring Waterford Snaffle
    £23.99

    The Shires Brass Alloy Loose Ring Waterford Snaffle is designed with many different links which makes it difficult for a horse to take a hold or fixing against the bit. This bit is a good choice for horses which are strong or lean on the bit. Loose rings further increase the amount of movement of the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is designed with copper alloyed with a harder metal, producing a durable and warm bit which is palatable and encourages salivation.

    Waterford mouthpieces should be used under supervision or by an experienced rider.

    Bit ring measurement: 65mm

    - Designed with many links to prevent the horse from fixing or taking a hold on the bit - ideal for horses which are strong or lean on the bit
    - Loose rings further increase how much the bit moves in the mouth
    - Brass alloy mouthpiece is durable and warm; it's palatable and encourages salivation for improved acceptance
    - Waterford mouthpieces should be used under supervision or by an experienced rider

    Available in 5", 5.5" and 6"

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  10. Shires Blue Sweet Iron Hollow Jointed Loose Ring Snaffle
    £15.99

    The Shires Blue Sweet Iron Hollow Jointed Loose Ring Snaffle offers a significantly lighter mouthpiece than a solid alternative and suits a more sensitive horse. Loose bit rings allow the bit to move inside the horse's mouth, preventing the horse from leaning or fixing against the contact. A single joint in this mouthpiece gives the rider more lateral control - the applied pressure is clearer on each side of the bit. Blue sweet iron oxidises easily, creating warmth and a sweet taste which appeals to many horses, helping to encourage acceptance of the contact. Please note, the blue colour will fade with use.

    Bit rings measurement: 50mm (4.5", 5"), 65mm (5.5", 6")

    - Hollow mouthpiece is significantly lighter than a solid version
    - Loose bit rings allow the mouthpiece to move, preventing the horse from fixing or leaning on the bit
    - Single joints gives more lateral control
    - Blue sweet iron oxidises easily, creating a sweet taste to encourage acceptance of the contact
    British Dressage legal

    Available in 4.5", 5", 5.5" and 6"

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  11. Shires Sweet Iron Hollow Mouth Loose Ring Snaffle
    £14.99

    The Shires Sweet Iron Hollow Mouth Loose Ring Snaffle features a hollow mouthpiece which is significantly lighter than those with a solid mouthpiece. The sweet iron mouthpiece is designed to oxidize, producing a sweet taste which is readily accepted by most horses and can help with mouthing issues. Loose bit rings allow the mouthpiece to move inside the horse's mouth, discouraging the horse from taking a hold or fixing against the contact. A single joint gives the rider more lateral control; pressure can be applied more clearly to either side.

    Bit ring measurement: 50mm (4.5", 5"); 65mm (5.5", 6")

    - Hollow mouthpiece is significantly lighter than a solid mouthpiece
    - Loose rings allow the bit to move inside the horse's mouth, discouraging fixing or leaning
    - Sweet iron oxidizes in the mouth, producing a sweet taste which can help with mouthing issues and acceptance of a contact
    British Dressage legal

    Available in 4.5", 5", 5.5" and 6"

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  12. Shires Sweet Iron Loose Ring Waterford Snaffle
    £21.99

    The Shires Sweet Iron Loose Ring Waterford Snaffle features a Waterford mouthpiece which is designed with multiple links to be completely flexible inside the horse's mouth. Loose bit rings further increase how much this mouthpiece moves, preventing the horse from fixing or taking a hold of the bit. This bit is a good choice for horses which are strong or are prone to leaning on the bit. The mouthpiece is made from sweet iron with a copper central link; sweet iron is designed to oxidize, producing a sweet taste which is readily accepted by most horses. Copper is a warm metal which is also sweet tasting. 

    Waterford bits should only be used under supervision or by an experienced rider.

    Bit ring measurement: 65mm

    - 18mm Waterford mouthpiece has multiple links for flexibility, preventing the horse from fixing or taking hold
    - A good choice for horses who are strong and prone to leaning 
    - Sweet iron is designed to oxidize, producing a sweet taste which is readily accepted by most horses

    Available in 4.5", 5", 5.5" and 6"

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  13. Shires Sweet Iron Copper Roller Snaffle

    RRP £17.99

    From: £16.19

    The Shires Sweet Iron Copper Roller Snaffle is designed with a sweet iron mouthpiece and a copper roller centre. Sweet iron oxidises to produce a sweet taste, helping to encourage acceptance of the bit and of a contact. It also warms quickly, as does copper, providing a more pleasant feel for the horse.

    The double joint and loose rings allow the bit to move within the horse's mouth which prevents leaning. The free-moving rings in the centre of the bit can promote play which can further increase acceptance; however, by creating an uneven surface these rings increase the bits severity which can help to give the rider better control. The mouthpiece is reasonably thin, measuring 14mm, which may suit horses with smaller mouths.

    Bit rings measurement: 65mm

    - Double jointed mouthpiece and loose rings prevent the horse from fixing or leaning
    - Moving rings in the centre of this bit increase the severity, offering the rider more control
    - The moving rings can also help to promote play
    - Sweet iron and copper combination is warmer than stainless steel and produces a sweet taste, encouraging acceptance
    - 14mm mouthpiece thickness is ideal for horses with smaller mouths

    Available in 4.5", 5", 5.25", 5.5" and 6"

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  14. Shires Brass Alloy Loose Ring Training Bit

    RRP £27.99

    From: £23.39

    The Shires Brass Alloy Loose Ring Training Bit is a soft, mild action bit ideal for young horses. It's available in two mouthpiece thicknesses: a thinner 14mm mouthpiece would best-suit horses with smaller mouths and a thicker 18mm mouthpiece which is more comfortable for horses with a larger tongue or a more sensitive mouth. The brass alloy material is copper which is alloyed with a harder metal to produce warm, durable bits which aid salivation and are more palatable than stainless steel to encourage contact and acceptance. 

    - Available in two mouthpiece thicknesses - 14mm and 18mm
    - Brass alloy is a warm metal and aids salivation to encourage acceptance of the contact
    - Lozenge gives a mild, kind action
    - Loose rings prevent the horse from fixing or leaning on the bit
    - An ideal bit for training young horses
    British Dressage legal

    Available in 4.5", 5" and 5.5"; mouthpiece thickness either 14mm or 18mm

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  15. Shires Loose Ring Waterford Bit

    RRP £17.99

    From: £15.99

    The Shires Loose Ring Waterford Bit is designed to prevent horses from leaning or taking a hold on the bit. It features a Waterford mouthpiece is made up of many different links, making this mouthpiece fully flexible so that the horse has nothing to grab and hold on to. The loose rings ensure further movement of the bit in the horse's mouth. This bit should be used by experienced riders or under supervision of a qualified trainer or instructor.

    - Waterford mouthpiece designed to prevent the horse from leaning or taking a hold on the bit

    - 18mm mouthpiece thickness

    - Bit ring measurement: 65mm

    Available in 5", 5.5" and 6"

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  16. Neue Schule Waterford Loose Ring - 8029
    £81.76

    The Neue Schule Waterford Loose Ring snaffle helps to prevent your horse from leaning, snatching or pulling. The Waterford mouthpiece is designed to give you more control, bending in every direction to stop the horse from being able to grab onto the bit and "hold". The NS Waterford mouthpiece has been designed to be slightly thinner to suit all types of mouth conformation, including large, fleshy tongues and lips. The LipSMART lip rests on the mouthpiece prevent the corners of the mouth from being pinched or rubbed. Combining the Waterford mouthpiece with the loose rings keeps the bit as flexible as possible.

    Available in 5.25 - 6.25"; 14mm mouthpiece thickness; 70mm bit rings

    NS Reference 8029

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  17. Neue Schule Performance Pony Tranz Angled Lozenge Loose Ring Snaffle - 8093
    £81.76

    The Neue Schule Pony Performance Tranz Angled Loose Ring snaffle offers a gentle training tool, and is a scaled down version of the NS Tranz Angled Loose Ring to suit neat pony heads. When pressure is applied to develop a contact, the lozenge rolls onto the centre of the tongue (the "sweet spot"), enhancing feel and communication to establish greater communication between the pony's mouth and the rider's rein aids. The design of the bit arms are slightly curved, giving an oval profile which takes up less room in the pony's mouth. This bit has been specifically designed to suit a pony's oral anatomy.

    Available in 4.25" - 5"; 10mm mouthpiece thickness

    NS Reference 8093

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  18. Neue Schule Demi-Anky Loose Ring Snaffle - 8011/8012/8013
    £81.76

    The Neue Schule Demi-Anky Loose Ring is a single jointed loose ring snaffle which has been designed to eradicate the issues that are associated with traditional jointed snaffles. This bit is a good choice for horses that struggle to maintain a contact. It's also ideal for horses that do not favour a lozenge bit design, or ones who show evasions with traditional jointed snaffles.

    Traditional single jointed snaffles often give a nutcracker acttion or apply pressure to the sensitive areas of the palate. The cleverly designed curved mouthpiece of the Demi-Anky eliminates any interference with the upper palate and prevents the bit from lying too far forward in the horse's mouth to avoid any pinching to the sensitive outer edges of the tongue. The ergonomically designed mouthpiece sweeps away from the corner of the lips reducing the risk of rubbing and the mouthpiece is subtly curved down towards the bars of the mouth, offering a superb weight bearing surface. Once the horse establishes a correct contact, the bit shape forms a long low shape over the tongue providing relief to the sensitive outer edges.

    The loose rings can be beneficial for horses that have a tendency to lean as the ring will freely rotate teaching the horse to lift into self carriage.

    Available with a 14mm mouthpiece (5.5") - 55mm or 70mm rings; 16mm mouthpiece (5 - 6") - 70mm rings; or 18mm mouthpiece (5.5") - 70mm rings.

    NS Reference 8011/8012/8013

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  19. Neue Schule Turtle Top With Flex Beval - 7023-BEV70-TT

    RRP £142.79

    From: £99.99

    The Neue Schule Turtle Top™ With Flex Beval is an innovatively designed bit popular for offering additional control and promotes a rounder frame, without the severity of a gag. The Beval cheek rings give multiple attachment options for the bridle and reins, helping you to tailor the bit to best suit your horse. Whichever rein and cheek piece option you choose, the mouthpiece remains in constant relative alignment to the tongue. It offers a mild lever action which is often the next step up from a snaffle prior to moving into a gag bit.

    This innovative bit suits the over-active, busy mouth that chomps and chews on the mouthpiece. The Turtle Top With Flex keeps the mouthpiece centred and arched over the tongue at all time, safely helping to prevent sideways tongue evasions. This comfortable mouthpiece re-focuses an inattentive mouth back onto the rein aids in order to achieve a soft, consistent contact. 

    By delivering mild poll pressure combined with the anatomical engineering of the mouthpiece, this bit helps the horse that has difficulty flexing itself and rounding over the bit in order to achieve a true and correct outline as well as providing extra control when needed.

    Available from Extra Small (4 - 4.5") to XX Large (6.25 - 6.5"); 16mm mouthpiece thickness; 70mm rings

    NS Reference 7023-BEV70-TT

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  20. Neue Schule Turtle Tactio Beval - 7011-BEV-TTO

    RRP £142.79

    From: £99.99

    The Neue Schule Turtle Tactio Beval features the Turtle Tactio™ with Flex mouthpiece, and has been specifically engineered to accommodate the larger or more sensitive tongue and often negates the need to shut the mouth. The Beval ring gives multiple rein and cheek piece attachment options to allow you to tailor the bit to best suit your horse, offering some level of leverage. Whichever option you choose, the mouthpiece will remain in constant relative alignment to the horse's tongue. 

    Available from Extra Small (4 - 4.5") to XX Large (6.25 - 6.5"); 16mm mouthpiece thickness; either 55mm  or 70mm rings

    NS Reference 7011-BEV-TTO

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Loose Ring Snaffles

 

Snaffles are the most common groups of bits for every day riding. Snaffle bits are identified as having no leverage or pulley action and do not have a curb chain. There is a vast variety of snaffle bits on the market, allowing you to find the most suitable option for your horse. They vary in severity, depending on the type and thickness of the mouthpiece. Snaffles apply pressure to the lips, tongues and bars of the mouth and have a general upwards action, encouraging the horse to raise his head and neck.

 

Loose ring snaffles are one of the most common types of snaffle bit. The bit rings allow the mouthpiece to move so that it may follow the angle of the tongue; the angle of the poll and the overall outline of the horse change throughout different work, so a flexible bit will follow this movement. Loose ring snaffle bits have much more movement and “play” than a fixed cheek snaffle which increases acceptance and discourages the horse from fixing or leaning. Read more about the action of a loose ring snaffle bit here.

Fitting a loose ring snaffle
Loose ring snaffles should be fitted with care; there needs to be a gap between the lips and the bit rings so as the lips cannot be pinched, but the gap should not be so bit that the mouthpiece can be pulled across the mouth as the rider changes bend or direction. If the bit does slide across the mouth it can cause friction, discomfort and possibly damage. To prevent the bit from pinching the lips, bit guards can be used.


Find out how to correctly fit a loose ring snaffle bit here.


Some common types of loose ring snaffle are:

Loose ring French link snaffle - click here for more information
- Loose ring snaffle with lozenge - click here for more information


When selecting the correct bit for your horse remember that conformation, age, stage of training, type of work, oral health and your ability as a rider are all contributing factors. If in doubt, it’s recommended that the rider seek advice from their instructor when choosing a bit.