This Beval bit gives rein and cheek-piece attachment options in a neat package, but whatever option you choose the mouthpiece remains in constant relative alignment to the tongue.
The flattened underside of the cannons with their anatomy-inspired recesses are held parallel to the tongue and for whatever rein tension you employ.
It's specifically engineered to accommodate the larger or sensitive tongue, and often negates the need to shut the mouth with nosebands.
How it works:
1. The concave underside of the bit lays flat on the tongue and remains this way as you ride, offering a smooth profile with more weight bearing surface and reduced pressure. However, there is very little bulk between the tongue and the upper palate meaning that it is no longer necessary to use a fat bit to achieve the large weight bearing surface.
2. The upper surface of the central link is gently curved and widened, this matches equine palate anatomy fitting neatly under the palatine arch.
3. The mouthpiece remains further back in the mouth negating the need to over-tighten the cheek-pieces. This reduces the pressure in both the corner of the lip and on the poll. This is not only more comfortable for the horse it means your subtle half halts are more readily felt.
4. The horse is much less inclined to draw the tongue back or stick it out to the side owing to an uncomfortable mouthpiece. Old habits do however die hard and if he has ingrained tongue evasions (and these do tend to appear when a horse is stressed or excited) then there is the physical restriction of the locking cannons, which won’t lift into the upper quadrant, to help eradicate this. (The lifting of the bit’s cannons is not a rein aid that a rider would give as the hands would have to be directly above the horse’s ears in order to do so.)
Chomping and chewing is also discouraged, helping to prevent damage to the tooth enamel.
5. The resulting stability of the bit in the mouth gives clearer rein aids and the horse has fewer distractions.
So what is the difference between the Turtle Top and the Turtle Tactio?
The Turtle Top offers a very even weight-bearing surface across the whole of the mouth, whereas the Turtle Tactio utilises the centre of the tongue in order to alleviate bar pressure.
This is comfortable for the horse as the centre of the tongue is depressed down onto the floor of the mouth whereas the outer edges of the tongue are not pushed down onto the angular, bony bars that are not well cushioned and therefore are much more prone to damage.
30 Day Bit Rental at $20 per week: Trial is available on this bit.
Terms and Conditions:
It's the customer's responsibility to take care of the bit, please make sure that it's kept in good condition throughout the trial period and kept safe from theft or loss.
If you choose to return the bit it is recommended to use either a courier or registered mail as English Tack Shop cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage in the mail when being returned.
The 30 days trial period will start from the invoice date which is included, the return date will be stated on the letter also included and will be approximately 30 days after the invoice date.
Dates to which the bit should be returned may be subject to change if the day falls on a Statutory Holiday. If the bit is not returned by that date then the trial period will have ended and the bit will not be eligible for refund.
We will refund you the price of the bit minus the rental charge levied on returned bits. There is no rental charge on bits that are purchased.
Returns and Cleaning:
Should you want to return the bit, please make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned using warm water only. We will thoroughly clean and sanitize all bits returned to us to kill any germs and bacteria.
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