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Macs Equine Pee Wee Bits

Macs Equine Pee Wee Bits
Macs Equine Pee Wee Bits
Product Code: horse-bit-01
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Price: AU$79.95

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Now is your chance for both you and your horse to experience the most comfortable and responsive horse bit you can put in a horses mouth. Whether starting young horses, correcting existing mouthing problems, through to performing to the highest level, the Macs Equine Pee Wee Bit is now considered the leading performance bit for most disciplines.

Advantages of the Macs Equine Pee Wee Horse Bit

The mouth bar

Surveys have shown that 80% of horses have low palates and large fleshy tongues. This means that the majority of bits on the market are too thick in the mouth bar and so don't leave enough room in the mouth for the tongue. As a result the tongue lifts the mouth bar up until it contacts the roof of the mouth (mouth palate)and usually results in severe bruising to the palate which generally goes unnoticed by the horse owner . This is a major irritation which causes the horse to toss its head up and forwards to try and shake the bit to the front of the mouth to create some room and stop the contact to the palate. A horse will also continually open its mouth to avoid this discomfort but unfortunately a lot of riders then resort to using a drop nose band to keep the horses mouth shut totally unaware of the discomfort they are inflicting on their horse or why the horse is opening its mouth. We have eliminated this problem by introducing a thinner mouth bar which leaves plenty of room for the tongue and eliminates contact to the roof of the mouth as well as being lightweight and beautifully shaped to fit over the tongue. Also being a fixed mullen mouth bar there is no "nutcracker" effect which is very disconcerting to horses and results in severe bruising as mentioned previously.

Position of the mouth bar over the tongue

The mouth bar of the Macs Equine Pee Wee bit sits further forward over the tongue and bars than conventional bits. This position of contact on the tongue along with even pressure down onto the bars, encourages the horse to flex down at the pole, which means the horse is down over the bit in a better position to work rather than getting behind the bit and getting it's head in the air and wanting to take off. This better head and neck carriage position acts like a natural brake that makes it far easier to pull up a horse.The mouth bar also provides tongue relief and stays permanently quiet in the mouth until a command is given. This unique benefit is achieved due to the floating mouth bar. The mouth bar actually floats up and down and backwards on the large rings so at no time is there pressure on the tongue.Horses move their tongue readily when they swallow and while drinking water and with traditional bits a mouth bar is an obstruction but the mouth bar of the Pee Wee does not interfere with tongue movement, which provides comfort at all times for the horse.

Position of large rings and side bars

A large percentage of biting issues are the result of the large rings or bars of the bit contacting the sensitive side of the face. This results in the lips being forced against the teeth, which causes pain to the horse. Proof of this is when the horse starts tossing their head to the side to try and get away from the bit to relieve the discomfort, or if the pain becomes extreme, they will actually start laying on the bit to fight the pain, which results in the all too familiar problems of the bit sliding through the mouth and the rider losing contact and the neck becoming stiff with only bend from the poll rather than the wither as well. The Macs Equine Pee Wee bit eliminates these problems due to the fact the large rings of the Pee Wee do not contact the sensitive sides of the face. The rings actually fold back over the outside of the small side bars which are positioned under the lower jaw which keeps them off the face, eliminating pinching and hence head tossing.The side bars are strategically placed just outside of the lower jaw and only contact the jaw when rein contact is given. Due to the specific placement of these side bars, it is too uncomfortable for a horse to lay against the side bars, so you no longer lose contact. It also makes it very easy to turn a horse.

Horse Bit Sizing Information

Size Measurements Details
Mini 12 hands and under Shetlands or similar.
Small 12.1 hands to 15 hands Ponies, Galloways, small Thoroughbreds, small Cobs, Arabs,  Morgans, Stock horses, small Quarter horses.
Medium 15.1 hand to 16.2 hands Large Cobs,  Hackneys ,Large Quarter horses, large   Thoroughbreds, Paints, Appaloosas, Suffolks Paints, Appaloosas, small Warmbloods
Large 16.3 hands and over Warmbloods, Irish Drafts, Belgians, Clydesdales.

Fitting

Correct fitting procedure for the Macs Equine Pee Wee bit.

Please note that the mechanics and function of the Macs Equine Pee Wee bit is totally different from the standard snaffle bits so for maximum performance and comfort it is imperative to fit this bit by complying to the following instructions
Step 1 - Lengthen your cheek straps at least 50mm / 2" if you are replacing a snaffle
with the Pee Wee. The Macs Equine Pee Wee bit requires longer cheek strap settings
than most traditional bits.
Step 2 - Place the bit on a flat surface with the mouth bar facing away from you.
Standing over the bit attach both cheek straps to the exact position of the RED labels
on the Large rings.
Step 3 - Now attach your reins in the exact position of the BLUE labels on the Large
rings.
Step 4 - remove the YELLOW labels securing the Large rings to the side bars. Your
Macs Equine Pee Wee bit is now set up in the correct position on the bridle so you
are now ready to bridle up your horse.
Step 5 - When the mouth bar is sitting correctly in your horses mouth it is very important to ensure you have NO creases in the corner of the horses mouth. The mouth
bar should only be applying enough pressure to create a small bulge in the corners
of the mouth without creating creases.
At this time you should also ensure that the chin strap is set at the correct length.
You should be able to comfortably fit two fingers between the chin strap and the
horses chin. This strap only holds the bit in a neat position and stops the bit turning.
It is important to note that the chin strap is NOT a curb strap so at no time should it
place pressure on the horse’s chin

Correct

This photo shows the correct position for all riding disciplines. Note the position of the side bar and how it points back to the riders legs.As the mouth bar is aligned with the side bars it gives you a good indication of the position the mouth bar is sitting in the horse's mouth. It is positioned squarely and evenly over the tongue and bars which results in even pressure when rein contact is applied. As a result no discomfort occurs from pinching the sensitive parts of the mouth such as the tongue and lips.

 

 

Incorrect

This photo above shows the Macs Equine Pee Wee bit set up in the INCORRECT position. Note how the large rings are turned up and away from the side bars.
This results in the mouth bar sitting much higher in the mouth. You will also notice how the side bars are facing downwards instead of facing back towards the riders knees.

 

 

 

Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions about the Pee Wee Horse Bit

What disciplines is the Pee Wee Bit good for ?

The Pee Wee Bit is proven to excel and provide benefits in all disciplines including:

  • Show jumping
    Lightens the horse up on the front end and transfers the power to the back end where it's needed
  • Barrell racing/polo/campdrafting
    Encourages a more balanced turn at speed as the whole neck comes down over the inside leg ensuring the entire body weight is in the best position
  • Dressage
    Excellent training bit as it encourages the horse to flex at the pole and is in a great position to work. Eliminates mouthing issues so the horse is relaxed at all times. Riders use the Pee Wee right up until 5 minutes before their dressage test and then swap into their dressage approved bit and the benefits are obvious
  • Endurance riding
  • Very popular because it gets the horse naturally over the bit rather than getting behind the bit and putting its head in the air. This makes rating the horses speed over the first 20km so much easier especially when a very fit horse just wants to gallop
  • Trail riding
    The horse stays relaxed at all times due to elimination of pinching of the tongue and lips by the mouth bar. As tongue pressure is also eliminated, swallowing is not impeded which is a vital advantage for a trail horse
  • Race horses
    Prevents lugging, head tossing and tongue over the bit
  • Driving
    So many advantages. Prevents the horse laying on the bit and so contact is not lost which greatly enhances control. Turning is greatly enhanced. Horse flexes down at the pole so is in a very good position to work. Head stays still due to an absence of mouth irritations

What is the Pee Wee Bit made of ?

The PeeWee bit is constructed with stainless steel rings and side bars and a "sweet iron" mouth bar which is INTENDED TO RUST. This rusting effect is what creates extra saliva in the horses mouth to prevent the mouth drying out which is a problem with 100% stainless steel bits.

I just started using the Macs Equine Pee Wee bit and my horse seems to be travelling with his head higher than I would like. Why is he travelling in this manner ?

You have got the Pee Wee bit set up incorrectly and the mouth bar is placing pressure on his palate. If you have a close look at the web site fitting instructions you will see an image with a RED cross. This is how you have set up your Pee Wee bit onto your bridle. Please ensure you set up your Pee Wee bit as shown clearly in the image with the GREEN tick.

What is the purpose of the chin strap ?

The sole function of the chin strap is to maintain the mouth bar in the correct position in the mouth, maintaining the floating action required for tongue relief. The chin strap prevents the mouth bar from turning and lifting up in the mouth.

The chin strap is NOT a curb strap because it does not place any pressure on the chin. You should always be able to place a couple of fingers between the chin and the strap. Once you have set the chin strap the correct length to fit around your horse's lower jaw without placing pressure on the jaw, you never again have to undo the strap. When placing the bridle on your horse simply slip the chin strap under the jaw at the same time as you slide the mouth bar into the horse's mouth.

What level of riding is the Pee Wee Bit recommended for ?

The Pee Wee bit is highly rated for starting young horses, from simply trail riding through to performing at the highest level. The unique features of the Macs Equine Pee Wee bit combine to eliminate the majority of mouthing problems experienced by trainers and riders of all disciplines, resulting in a relaxed happy horse.

Since using the Macs Equine Pee Wee Bit my horse does not seem to have any brakes. Why is this ?

If you refer to the web site fitting instructions you will see that you have set your Pee Wee bit up in the position demonstrated with the RED cross which is incorrect. As a result the side bars and mouth bar are not positioned correctly so correct contact is lost.

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