Horse Bits - HP RELIEF Bits
HP RELIEF Bits in sizes from SHETLAND to SHIRE
Sizes from 4" to 7" are standard stock sizes.
The ponies and draughts have been neglected over the years!
Only 10mm or 12mm. diameter for tongue and palate room.
BD Legal, (except for specific BD Young Horse Classes, where the minimum mouthpiece diameter must be 14mm)
Small rings for ponies on the smaller bit sizes - down to 2" Diameter.
Available to try via HORSE BIT FIT CLINICS throughout the UK.
Due to the Anatomical design of these bits, you will probably need a size 1/2" smaller than your normal bit.
Please measure your horse's mouth before ordering, as we will send a smaller replacement, but will not give a refund if the bit is marked in any way, so do not ride in it.
HORSE BIT FIT CLINIC clients, please enter your discount code when ordering.
HP Relief Barrel Bits
Loose Ring Relief Snaffle
Wilkie Relief Snaffle
Eggbut Relief Snaffle
3 Ring Relief Snaffle with Copper Barrel
HP Relief Pelham
HP Relief Rugby Pelham
Full Cheek HP Relief Snaffle
Spoon Cheek HP Relief Fulmer Snaffle
HP LIP RELIEF Loose Ring
Hanging Cheek HP Relief Snaffle
HP Relief D Ring
About HP Relief Barrel Bits
These bits take away the 'Nutcracker' action of the single jointed bit and replace it with a much kinder action. The pressure is evenly spread across the bars and the tongue as the bit folds around the mouth.
The rings are smaller than those of other bits to prevent them from rubbing the outside of the face and making it sore.
The mouthpiece has also been re-designed with more curve, to give a better shape to fit the horse's mouth properly, reducing the bar pressure even
further and preventing bit 'Slide'.
The mouthpiece has the optimum 10mm. diameter - narrower than a Myler - to ensure the horse's tongue and palate are not impinged by the bit and that the horse can seal his mouth and swallow. Try it yourself - it is very difficult to swallow unless your lips form a seal on your mouth. Wide bits prevent this..
There are no 'Slots' on these bits. They have the option of a 'Wilkie' design which does not rub on the horse's face the way that 'lumpy' slots can.
The Lip Relief bits have all the benefits of a loose ring action, but totally prevent the trapping and pinching of the lips.
HP Relief Oblique Lozenge Bits
Loose Ring Relief Oblique Lozenge Snaffle
Eggbutt Relief Oblique Lozenge Snaffle
Full Cheek Relief Oblique Lozenge Snaffle
Spoon Cheek Relief Oblique Lozenge Fulmer Snaffle
HP Relief Oblique Lozenge bits gently conform to the shape of the mouth when a contact is taken
HP Relief Oblique Lozenge bits have curved mouthpieces
HP LIP RELIEF Loose Ring Oblique Losenge Snaffle
HP Lip Relief Oblique Losenge Snaffle - no chance of trapping or pinching the lips of tha horse.
About HP Relief Oblique Lozenge Bits
The HP Relief Oblique Lozenge Collection is an innovative range of bits, designed by John O'Leary of Horseproblems Australia in conjunction with Linda O'Leary, winner of the South Australian 'FEI Dressage Rider and also Dressage Horse of the Year, 2015'. Many congratulations to her.
They are designed for all horses in all disciplines.
How they are different to normal lozenge bits
The HP Oblique lozenge does not have the major design flaw of the French Link and other cheap Lozenge bits. The French Link and many lozenge bits have two protruding semicircles at 90 degrees to the flat side of the link or lozenge, which put painful pressure points on the mouth when a contact is taken - this often causes evasions. The HP Lozenge is like the Neue Schule bits in that the semicircles lie flat in the same plane as the lozenge, not at 90 degrees to it.
Damage that is done by French Links
With Cobs, it is usually the tongue which is affected by the pressure of the semicircles, but TB's and other narrow muzzled breeds have finer mouths with the lower jaw bones placed closer together. The French link semicircles are usually very large and can hit the side of the top bars and cause injuries and sores in the mouth - see photo. This causes the horse to evade by opening his mouth to take the 'Arms' away from the sore places - so the rider adds a flash or grackle to keep his mouth shut and make him accept the bit.
Imagine if that was in your mouth - no wonder the poor horse wouldn't relax his jaw and stretch down for the bit!
The HP Relief Lozenge is anatomically designed for both comfort and communication and it helps to develop a true contact and higher level of responsiveness.
Ergonomically designed, curved and lozenged, these bits are only 12mm. in diameter, (the same as the NS Verbindend) and much thinner than the NS Tranz Angled Lozenge bits.
They are curved to gently wrap the tongue and lay underneath the upper palate, giving very even and gentle pressure distribution.
The HP Relief Oblique Angled Lozenge Bits are ideal horses with thick tongues and low palates - like many of the Cobs and heavy horses today, who simply don't have room in their mouths for any bit wider than 12mm. Unfortunately, nearly all bits start at 14mm. diameter, including the most expensive brands and are too thick for them.
This creates fussy mouths and tongue evasions. HP Relief Oblique Lozenge bits promote a softer more consistent contact, encouraging the horse to soften through the jaw relaxing and lengthening the neck.
You don't have to spend a fortune to buy a bit that 'works'.
HP Relief mouthpieces are Dressage Legal. You will not believe the difference that these bits make to your horse's response to the rein aids - even if you currently ride in a Myler or a lozenge.
Choice of Lozenge Angle
You can choose either the lozenge in the vertical plane, as the bits above, or in the horizontal plane, as here:
Just put "Horizontal' in the Special Instructions box at Checkout.
Here is the latest Testimonial:
"I have just ridden my 5 yr old Clydesdale in the bit I received from you this morning. Previously in a 6" Sweet iron fulmer which had become too small, I had contacted you by email about changing my bid to the full cheek you also advertised. Absolutely no need! She happily took the Eggbutt bit first time and although initial leaning on it, within half a mile she became so incredibly soft and responsive, listening to the slightest touch. My mare is so willing that I like her to have the best. I believe I have found it.
And another from last month:
I just had to tell you about this.
We tried your FM barrel bit on Dan this morning.
M****** had been having some problems with Dan, her newly started Standardbred, as he appeared to not have a clue about 'Steering' in the Myler Full Cheek Comfort Snaffle in the arena, in fact, when she applied a light left turn aid, he opened his mouth and went RIGHT!
Now, the 2 bits LOOK very similar, but the difference was amazing. He suddenly understood EXACTLY what was wanted, stopped opening his mouth (I don’t use any nosebands) and was changing reins like a pro. – immediately after the bit change!
I could not believe how responsive he became to the halt aid either. I said to M****** that it looked as if she had only about 1 ounce of pressure on the rein, but she said no, it was 1/2 ounce or less as, by the end of the 10 minute lesson, he stopped dead, as soon as she picked up the rein!!!
He was remouthed using your system though!
I am VERY impressed, as I have used Mylers for years, but yours is streets ahead – WHY?
I think it is because the HP Relief bit has more 'curve' on the mouthpiece, to wrap around the bars better, giving a clearer aid as it does not ‘Slide’ in the mouth, like the Myler? It does not 'Collapse' quite so much, either, which totally gets rid of the uncomfortable 'Nutcracker' effect? Am I right or is there some other reason why it is so much better?
In any case, WELL DONE YOU!!
And another, August 2017:
Just got back from a training hack with my Instructor, in the HP Lip Relief Barrel bit that you leant me to trial. I had stopped hacking out, due to my Highland cob making me nervous with his behaviour.
He was always 'On Edge', head up like a giraffe, using his underneck muscles against me and looking for trouble.
Today, he was 'Mr. Chill', relaxed, dropping onto the contact in a superb outline with no effort on my part, relaxed at the poll and at the jaw and he felt (AND LOOKED, according to my instructor!) like a different horse. Even his face showed that he was enjoying the ride and as the ride progressed, he looked and performed better and better!
I am so delighted that I can't wipe the grin from my face!
I have had him for 4 years, riding him in the bit that he came with - a French Link loose ring snaffle. We swapped it for your HP Lip Relief - nothing else was different.
I am sure that he simply had not got room in his mouth for the 'Knuckles' of the French link. He is a typical Cob, with a low palate and thick tongue and the Knuckles of the FL were pressing into both when his mouth was closed. We looked before we changed bits. This caused him to want to put his head in the air, even on a loose rein, as the bit lies flatter like that. As soon as any contact came on the FL, his head would shoot up and his mouth would open to stop the pressure on his palate as the knuckles dug in.
I always used to find that my hands hurt after a long hack, (I have Rheumatoid Arthritis) due to his pulling, but today, they were pain free at the end of the ride!
Also, when I un-tacked him, he turned his head and gave me a look that he had never given me before. It was "A look of pure happiness, like when he is is getting a 'Treat' - but he wasn't asking for one!
Thank you so much Maureen!
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