Commonly Used Bits in Horse Racing

A bit is a piece of metal that goes into the horse’s mouth and is then controlled by a set of reins (long leather or nylon lines) that are attached to the bit and extend to a rider’s hands. A horse is trained to respond to a bit based on the ways that it puts pressure in the horse’s mouth; bits can also be used to correct or modify certain behaviors or even help aid in a horse’s breathing at high speeds by keeping his tongue in place. Bits, not unlike the equipment they are used in conjunction with, are plentiful and varied throughout racing.

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