Pee Wee Bits Testimonials

As a professional Horseman for over 25 years now, I have started young horses under saddle in many different headgear from halters to bosals to snaffle bits and although I have received many great results from all of them, I have been very impressed with the ‘Pee Wee’ bit on my youngsters. These two pics show one of my three year olds on their second session of formal training with less than an hour and a half of wearing the ‘Pee Wee’ bit, he was comfortably accepting it and offering up movements that far belied his training time. I myself have never been one to change from one piece of equipment to another in order to achieve great results but the proof is always in the pudding and I consider the ‘Pee Wee’ bit to be the most easily accepted and understood bit I have ever used on a young horses first ride and the main reason I like it so much is that after a few short rides in it, they will transfer over to any snaffle bit of your choosing with little to no trouble at all. For lateral Flexion and cool and calm rein responses, I cannot help but walk away from this bit (with its peculiar name) with the utmost respect for the comfort and communication it brings to our dear equine students.

- Guy McLean www.guymcleanusatour.com

I have used the pee Wee bit on 3 different horses now with very positive results-especially with a recently retired Throughbred racehorse. He was initially difficult to bridle, strong, pulling and fighting, yanking the bit, tense, trying to bolt and not much “stop”,Fun! I had been using a Pee Wee on my other 2 horses, and decided to try it on this horse. Within a short time his behavior changed dramatically. He is now relaxed, light, passive and responsive. We have a much more light and sensitive communication. I find the bit gives more stability to the connection with the horses mouth, encourages him to relax and is quieter in his mouth. The bit is noninvasive and wont pull through the mouth as the horse is learning to turn. After spending many years looking for a better alternative I believe the Pee Wee bit gives my horses the comfort and harmonious “feel” I desire. “Less is always more” is always the best option for horses.

- Angela Morley –TAS, Australia

Illusion winning the junior barrel
race at Peterborough rodeo competing in her pee wee bit. She has also won
Showjumping events using the pee wee. Awesome bit.

- Hannah Moat – SA, Australia

Hi Macs Equine, here are some pics of our Shetland Gelding Erindale Hero.. He was only broken to saddle as a 14 yr old.. He wouldn't come down and accept any sort of bit (he has a very low pellet) until I found the pee wee, he was a completely different pony right from the very first ride.. He went on to win many championship under her saddle.

- Kylie Dooley – VIC, Australia

Steve Brady is one of Australia's most respected horseman. Steve uses and recommends the Pee Wee Bit.

- Steve Brady - Taree, NSW  www.stevebradyhorsemanship.com

This is the most versatile bit I have ever used. The Pee Wee Bit is particularly useful for horses that are not comfortable in a snaffle. From starting youngsters to retraining off the track Thoroughbreds, "it is a must have", for its ability to relay a message to the horse’s mouth with a minimum of pain or confusion. The Pee Wee bit allows the horse to concentrate on its learning process without the distraction of something uncomfortable in its mouth.

- Ian Leighton - horse trainer  www.ianleightonhorsemanship.com

WOW! That about sums it up. I thought I would give the Pee Wee a try last night and try to regain some control after a disaster of a weekend up at Foxton (napping, bucking & rearing). What a difference. The best work she has ever done in her life - lovely, soft and round, but best of all, she was taking the contact forward and out and it was consistent. I tried her in a kimblewick once, just to give her a fright, but all that did was make her jack her head in and there was no length of stride. But in the Pee Wee I could actually feel her taking me somewhere. Even when she got too strong all I had to do was give her the slightest half halt and she dropped down a gear! I think the biggest difference was in her head - ever since I started her she has shaken her head when she has been ridden. I even hogged her mane, thinking it was her hair flopping around her ears that was annoying her, but it wasn't. On her tests on the weekend she got marked down for bobbing her head up and down and not staying consistent in the contact. In the Pee Wee she didn't shake her head or bob it up and down once. I had the most pleasurable ride on her last night that I have ever had, so thank you!
I am very impressed with the Pee Wee bit because of the instant control jockeys get with minimum resistance. It also has enormous benefits with saftey issues. It totally eliminates lugging in and out which is a huge plus when training and racing thorougbreds. A must have piece of tack.


"The first week that I had a Pee Wee Bit in my possession I was so inspired by the results with my own three horses that I arranged to have it tested on four other horses. Simple in design, the nicely curved mullen mouth is inviting to even the softest mouthed horse. A horse that wants to head tilt, lean on a rein or lug in resistance can be corrected with basic rein aids that activate the angled side bars (shanks). The bit can correct the heaviest and ugliest of evasions even with basic riding skills. Riding using the Pee Wee Bit creates beautiful results for all levels of riders and horses."

- Patricia Bona - D.C., A.V.C.A. - Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

"Rode my jumping horse this weekend with the Pee Wee bit for the first time and could not believe how responsive he was. He is a thoroughbred who was continually tossing his head even after extensive dental work. The results were amazing. I recommend this bit to anyone."

- Graeme Padgett - Murray River Horse Trails - VIC

"The Pee Wee bit is excellent for retraining horses with hard mouths and is a great alternative for strong horses in cross country and showjumping. Because if used correctly, is still a soft bit but is very effective for slowing and turning. I found my horse doesn't lean on this bit, making him much lighter and easier for me to control."

- Alison Van der Vlist - Showjumping, Eventing and Pony Club Instructor

For the past 30 years I have shown fine Hackney and non-Hackney harness horses at Sydney's Royal Easter Show. In this time I have also competed in FEI carriage driving events, driving many combinations up to 4 in hand. Over the past two years, I have been using, The PEE WEE bit in the show ring and at driven competitions. I have proven and demonstrated that these bits are an outstanding success on any horse,(Clydesdales to Shetland ponies) horses just love the PEE WEE. I have also discovered, they are great for mouthing youngsters, to date I have found no other bit that will match the PEE WEE.

- Max Pearce - Australian EA Level 2 Driving Coach & Coach Educator

"I found the Pee Wee Bit to be a simple, uncomplicated bit which proved especially beneficial for training fussy-mouthed horses, encouraging contact and correct flexion. With one particular mare which I had tried various bits on, the Pee Wee proved to be the only bit she would accept in a relaxed and happy manner."

- Manolo Mendez - Professor of Classical Dressage - Sunbury, VIC  www.manolomendezdressage.com

Thank you for the Pee Wee bit. I had tried many different bits on my 10 year old quarter horse mare. This bit gave us amazing results! My mare no longer tosses her head or tries to evade my cues. Just out of curiosity I tried several other bits on her and just standing there she began tossing her head. She let me know what works for her! I put her Pee Wee back on and she was great! It was our best ride ever. Thanks again for such a great product.

- Keelie Gassett - Yatesville, Georgia, USA

"I have never known a horse to love a bit so much as the Pee Wee. I really only bought the bit because I trust the advice of David and Sandi Symons, and really it is such a radical design. However it's proving to be almost ridiculous. If I do not put the bit out of reach in the shed when I'm not using it my horse will actually try to hold it in his mouth like a "dummy"."

- Sandra Kain - Pambula, NSW

Very amazing bit!!!!!! At first, I thought the bit would be very violent and strong. But when Jeg tried it, it was totally different. My horse has never liked metal bits and has no space in his mouth for the normal bit. I am very surpriced. VERY!!! This bit is not hard, violent or strong, it fits the horses mouth and is laying in the right position, without damaging the horse mouth. I will be using this bit on my showjumper and eventer.

- Anne - Denmark

WOW, after almost resigning myself to the fact that my stunning beautiful mare would have a mouthing problem forever, I tried a Macs Equine Pee Wee! Who would have thought a 12 yr old Thoroughbred mare that had travelled across the country as a racehorse and that had hung her tongue out of the right hand side of her mouth every ride could be changed. Every other option was tried to no avail then we tried this! Everyone that sees her is in amazement! Now an even better picture and ride....softer than ever and a much happier horse!!!!!

- Lisa, Rider/Trainer - Perth, WA

I still don't know how I came to see this bit on the internet, I was looking for a bit that is soft and can help me school my horses as well as something my daughter of 5 could use on her new 3 year old appaloosa pony that has just been backed and we are busy schooling. It has been quite some time that I have had an interest in bits and I have always used the eggbutt snaffle but my appaloosas did not seem to be happy, they threw their heads in the air and tried to jerk the reins out of my daughters hands.
No other bits seemed to make them happy and I tried quite a few. I was not happy and felt that there must be an answer. When I read about the bit I liked what I read and the testimonials helped me to take a chance on the pee wee bit even if it cost me a lot of money, I bought 2 pee wee bits one small for the pony and one medium for the other horses and I put them in as soon as I got home using the instructions I printed from the internet - WOW - what a change, I love it and so do my horses.
They have softened on the bit and I hardly need to put legs on or kick to make them move they are so attentive. The slightest touch makes them turn and respond. For one of my very young horses he loved it and is responding very well. I would advise this bit for anyone and encourage any person to take a chance and buy one you will not be sorry, I am even prepared to become a distributor of this bit in South Africa.
My sister helps me with schooling and she agrees with me she has even told some of her friends to buy one. Thank you for helping my horses as well as myself. Now I know that I will not spoil my horses mouth and I am planning to buy another one so I don't have to change my bridle to suit different horses. Even my Percheron mare will get one. This bit works!!

- Belinda - Gauteng, South Africa

Cool Heat Testimonials

Ten and I both could not be happier with the purchase of the Cool Heat Blanket! This year has been out worst and most frustrating with rugging, with my TB x QH developing an overheating issue and my being limited to only getting to his Agistment once a day and other people seeming to not share the same rugging views, my poor 4yro would sweat, be tucked up, leave feed behind and be grumpy! He dropped weight because of this and was visibly upset. After not even a week I noticed improvement, his appetite back and no longer looking tucked up. He's gained weight, back to his healthy chunky looking self, his happy-go-lucky playful nature is back. Once or twice I've found him to be a bit sweaty in his winter woolies after apparently running around and playing, except the difference was, he was comfortable and happy, able to do the cooling down job himself! I'm a protective mummy, so only want what's best for him and always thought giving him a blanket on those yucky cold rainy days and yucky cold nights was the best way! So in the early days with the seemingly thin and admittedly worrying cool heat, I visited him at varying times to check he was warm enough. Like many who have already experienced the tug have found, he was fine! He's consistently warm to the touch when it's cold and just comfortable when it's an average South Australian winters day. Cannot thank cool heat enough for their wise thinking, because my precious man is the most comfortable he's been all year, even in the middle of winter!

- Molly Wootton – SA, Australia 

I've been using the Cool Heat Rugs since they were first released on the market 6? Years ago for my older horses (aged 28-33), as they haven't always had good shelter in their paddocks.  I've found they provide enough warmth and stay dry to protect them from the elements, while still allowing them to grow a nice thick winter coat so the rugs can come off during the day.  They usually only wear them on cold nights and in wet, windy weather so having their natural coat means they can cope with winter much better.  I have had to remove a couple of insulators that were rubbing on their bony shoulders and hip as they've aged, but this was easy and stopped all rubbing - in fact the fit is so much better than any other rug I've used so there is no rubbing at all.  I love how you can put the Cool Heat on even if they are wet, and the rug doesn't touch their hair so it stays dry.  It's the only rug my old gelding comes running for me to put on - he used to run away every time he saw me approaching with other rugs!

- Cynthia Cooper - www.naturalhorseworld.com

The Cool Heat rugs even kept the girls warm in the snowy weather we had this winter. Both my Arabian Quarter horses are enjoying the comfort of their Cool Heat Rugs. I especially like the reflective tape around the edges as they make them easier to see at night.

- Rosanne Dangerfield – TAS, Australia

This is the second Cool Heat rug I have purchased from Macs Equine.  I bought the first one after I'd seen it on The New Inventors TV show and loved it.  I was a little concerned about how it would fit my Clydie x Hafflinger gelding, but it's perfect. 

- Carol, UK

Hi I Just wanted to send you a few pics of my boy Shaz in his new rug. The rug is great - very well made. So good to be able to put it on a wet horse while knowing he can still dry out underneath. I'm sure it'll make Shaz more comfortable on cold, wet and windy Canberra nights without comprising his ability to manage his body temp.  Thanks!!

- Rachael Eggins – ACT, Australia

This rug is sensational in its fit, quality and in allowing the horse’s hair to rise and fall with the temperature. Being unable to handle my horses after surgery I purchased one for my 26 year old thoroughbred mare. All

other rug brands, including cottons, (and I\'ve tried all of them) rub her very high withers.  This rug has been on her for 4 weeks without being taken off and there is not a rub mark on her. She is quite angular and bony and I
was worried that the rubber projections would rub her but even on her shoulders there is no mark. There is no sign that she has been sweating under the rug and it is obviously working to keep her warm as she was happily grazing out in cold, wet, windy weather even though she had a shelter in the paddock. I would recommend this rug for any horse that is paddocked over winter especially where there is no shelter and for owners whose circumstances prevent them for changing rugs daily.

- Margaret Greenhalgh – NSW, Australia

As a race horse trainer we work so many horses each morning that after they are washed down it is very difficult to let them all dry adequately before they are rugged and returned to their yard or stable . The Cool Heat blankets allow the horses to use their own body heat to dry themselves effectively which prevents many problems such as cramps , stiffness and skin conditions which are common with using all the regular rugs under these conditions I have also eliminated the need to double rug my horses as one rug keeps a horse at a very comfortable temperature which saves a lot of valuable time. I am very impressed with this product

- Royston Carr - Thoroughbred trainer - Brighton, TAS, AUSTRALIA

Having been involved with horses for over 50 years I have used many products. I can honestly say these Cool Heat blankets are the best rugs I have used by a long way for a number of reasons. Over here in Western Australia we get very cold nights and mornings over the winter months and because I don't like to stable my horses over recent years I have been double rugging my horses but as everybody knows it is time consuming and limits their movement. I decided to try one of the Cool Heat blankets on my polocrosse mare Dabchick and I have to say I am very impressed for a number of reasons. Using just the one rug my mare stays at a very comfortable temperature so I now totally believe what the manufacturers say about this rug . It also has a far superior fit than all the other rugs I have tried over the years. Previously I would be continually having to straighten Dabchicks rugs which always slipped when she rolled or cantered around but the Cool Heat has never ever moved. They fit beautifully. These rugs have solved a number of problems so I highly recommend them. In the photo is Australia wide travelled champion Polocrosse mare Dabchick wearing her Cool Heat blanket

- Norma Squires - Stock Horse breeder, Pony Club Instructor - Mt Barker, WA, AUSTRALIA

After seeing the advertisement I thought the Cool Heat rugs looked like a great idea. When they arrived at my store I was very sceptical how it all worked. I decided it was best to try one out on one of my own horses first so I could give my customers feedback. Well I was very impressed how the rug fitted, especially around the neck line and they have a nice big tail flap. Would it work ? The big test was on my horse who wore it 24/7. I am able to put the rug on after being worked and he can cool down without getting chilled. After a 50mm downpour of rain the horse was completely dry and warm with no sweat marks on his body and no sweaty smelly rug. This horse has been wearing the Cool Heat now for four months and I would not hestitate in recommending this rug to any horse owner. It has been very worthwhile for me stocking this type of rug and my customers are happy. If any horse owner would like to contact me regarding the Cool Heat blankets feel free to contact me at the Bairnsdale Horse Centre on 03 51530808

- Carlee Knight - Bairnsdale, VIC, AUSTRALIA

I am one of Geri Lambert's friends (Brighton , England) and the recipient of one of the five rugs she bought from you on our behalf. The temperature here has been fairly extreme and is currently - 5 degrees C and will probably reach - 7 through the night so they are wearing them at the moment as I only rug the horses in extreme weather. We find that the rugs are perfect for when it is either really cold or wet and windy, at other times we don't rug at all. Each time they wear them they are always a perfect temperature and we never have to worry about whether or not we have made the right decision. Last night it was very cold here in Brighton, at least - 7 degrees C and this morning they were exactly the right temperature and very happy. Feel free to use my comments on your site Thanks so much

- Marie Bullough - Brighton, England

Western Washington seems to be out of the arctic deep freeze. My 25+-year-old QH Fred did great in his Cool Heat Blanket during this miserable three weeks of weather, with lows in the single digits F. and highs often in the teens and 20s (with two feet of snow, sometimes rain, and wind thrown in). [Photo] Fred is on the left happy and snug in his Cool Heat while the other two horses are wearing their heavy Doona style rugs. Fred has been wearing his blanket 24/7, at night in the stall and in the day during turnout. With the blanket on, he never heads to the run-in shelters to get out of the rain, which I particularly like as I want him to move around and run with the other younger geldings. He also is happy to roll in it, and our farrier said "every time he rolls he gets a massage!" And it's true that when I put my hand under it, it feels cool to lukewarm.Tonight when I groomed Fred, I noticed he seemed to have put on a little weight during this cold spell, so clearly he is not expending extra energy to stay warm while wearing his Cool Heat (and his feed is going to be cut back a bit). Since he already had a good winter coat, I like the fact that the blanket allows him to fluff up to stay warm. Another horse at this barn, around 20 years old, was heavily blanketed his whole life and now does not seem capable of producing a winter coat at all. He, like the other horses there, wears regular heavy "doona" blankets. Some were double-blanketed during the worst of our recent weather. But they seem no warmer than Fred does. All in all, I'm thrilled with my Cool Heat blankets. Every horse should have one!

- Mary Elynne Tappero - Seattle, USA

I had never rugged my horse before last winter when he got sick and needed a rug. Nonetheless I found him shivering with his regular rug on -and he still had his winter coat! So I bought a warmer rug, it did help the issue a little but the horse was still shivering on some occasions when heavy rain was falling for days. I was again convinced rugs are not really working - but on the other hand I had a horse that did need a rug. Summer came and we were able to let go of rugs for a while. Around the beginning of September it started raining again. Though the weather didn't get much colder my horse started to shiver again and needed a rug. He felt notably better with the rug but he also did get a bit cranky when the sun came out again and it started to become to warm under his blanket. Just at that time I got to know the Cool Heat blanket. I put it on the horse and watched closely. The insulators seemed to be a new sensation and the immediate response was to go over to the softer ground and roll. After the initial roll - that took longer than usual my horse got up and went about the place quite normally. In the following days I observed no change in mood whether the sun shone or not. I was most concerned that he'd now again start to shiver when rain and wind set it. But he didn't. It's been a few months now and he is still wearing the same blanket - and now it's freezing cold outside and winds are going. My horse is happier than ever and doesn't mind any weather changes. I don't either -it's so nice to know my horse is feeling just fine no matter what the weather is about to do and I don't feel guilty if for once I'm not around to get his blanket off if the sun comes out. I found it interesting to see how the hairs really are allowed to work underneath that blanket. And how there seem to be areas where my horse tends to need more warmth than in others and therefore in some places the coat is standing very upright when in others it's lying a bit flatter. And the fact that the horse can dry safely underneath the blanket is a big plus as my horse is living outside 24/7. Put the blanket on the wet horse and within a few hours it will be nice and dry. In short: It's cool stuff! All the best

- Melinda and her Morgan Horse Gala Affair - Switzerland

We experienced a good amount of snow in Sussex this winter, more than we have had in many many years. Both our boys coped extremely well in these conditions, bearing in mind they do not have any shelter from the elements except from the Cool Heat rugs. These rugs always keep our boys at the optimum temperature and they really have made our winter so much easier. We only put them on in extreme weather conditions since we are quite hardened to the modern day attitude of rugging at the slightest bit of rain or drop in weather.We have also found that they have the added benefit of being self -grooming rugs! After a good ride, our boys like nothing more than to have a good roll (as they are not clipped and are still worked). They cake themselves with mud and after having the rug on overnight (only if the weather insists) we have nice clean ponies they next day!!!!

- Andrea Measor - Sussex, UK

Thank you for creating such a wonderful horse rug! At the beginning of this winter I needed to rug my 23 yr old retired eventer/dressage horse "Dougall". I wanted a rug system that meant he wasn't going to be too cold on the cold days - or too hot on the warm ones. And it needed to protect him during a wide range of temperatures: during winter here at Bective we can go from minus 6 degrees, then up to 18 degrees in a 12 hr period. I looked at rugs that had under rugs and over rugs, and at 3 in 1 type rugs. My partner then suggested "What about that rug that was on the 'New Inventors' show?". I found the website and read the testimonials - but I was still skeptical: How could one rug - and one without any fill in it - keep my lovely old horse sheltered from the elements and prevent him from using valuable energy trying to keep himself warm? Despite these misgivings, I went ahead and bought a Cool Heat Rug from Valley Country - and now, after my observations during winter - I am a Cool Heat Rug convert! I checked 'Dougall' in all temperatures from minus 6 degrees to 15 degrees - and he was always a comfortable temperature underneath. The rug fitted really well - no slippage at all, no rub marks, and it kept him dry during our (far too infrequent) downpours. Thank you for helping to make my lovely old horses winter much more comfortable than it would have been. I recommend this rug to anyone who wants to make their horses winter more comfortable. You also get the added bonuses of 1) spending less money on buying multiple rugs, and 2) spending less time changing rugs to suit the varying temperature.

- Tina McTavish - Bective, NSW

I was first introduced to the heat cool rug when watching the new inventors show on television in 2009 , I was very impressed with the presentation and went on line and purchased a rug .I have been using the rug on Moon my 24 year old appaloosa for over a year now and its the best purchase I have ever made for Moon, previous to purchasing the heat cool rug I used a cotton rug in summer and a doona and waterproof in winter it was always a challenge as my horse is agisted 10 minutes from my home so taking rugs off and on during the day is very difficult. The heat cool rug has been the answer to all my rugging problems for Moon, I can relax during the day no matter what the weather is doing knowing she is able to thermostat her own body according to the temperature of the day.

- Megan - Dandenong Ranges, VIC