Bomber Bit Information Page

Handcrafted

 

A Bomber bit is entirely handcrafted. All the component parts are welded and polished by hand. Briefly heating the sweet iron gives it its striking and attractive deep blue tint. The finishing touch: the size and brand name are stamped into the bit.  

 

MATERIAL - SWEET IRON

Sweet iron will rust when it comes into contact with (air) humidity; the surface rust tastes sweet and naturally stimulates the saliva production. This will cause the horse to salivate more which will encourages better acceptance of the bit. The rusting process (oxidation) changes the blue colour of the BOMBER BIT to a brownish-grey. If it is not used for a while, a sweet iron bit will develop an orange-brown rust layer on the mouthpiece. Simply remove this by wiping the bit with a damp cloth.

 

General information

A bit is a tool and as such comes in many designs and sizes to meet the needs of the horse, rider and the discipline being ridden.  Here at Bombers we make possibly the most extensive range in the world. Some of the bits can be used for most applications, while others may only be used in one unique situation. It is our intention to get you the right bit for you and your horse.

There are a few things you need to do before choosing a bit: Make sure that the horse doesn’t have any mouth, back or neck problems. No bit will help if the horse is experiencing pain or discomfort in these areas.

Measure your horse’s mouth.

Getting the right size of bit is as important as getting the right bit.

The next step in deciding on a bit would be the choice of mouthpiece.

Consider the behaviour that your horse is displaying, then to a specific mouthpiece and then to check bit design used in a specific discipline.

Measuring your horse's mouth is an important part of finding the right bit.  Measuring this width is an easy procedure provided one knows what to look for. Using a bit measure or straight rod, put it in the horse's mouth and lift it to the correct place in the mouth - just before any wrinkles begin to form (Figure 1), and mark the bar on both sides just outside the lip crease.

Measuring between these marks gives you the measured mouth size.

measuring mouth

You can measure a correctly fitting bit. To do this lay the bit flat and measure the distance between the insides of the cheek pieces (Figure 2). Be sure to include the type of mouthpiece and cheek piece of the bit that you measured so that we can calculate the correct size of the new bit.