The Cottage Craft Eggbutt Dressage Bradoon - An eggbutt sided, plain tapered mouth bradoon with wire rings. Like its larger cousin it has a thick mouth for a greater surface on the tongue and bars, but as it is designed for use with a fixed cheek, thick mouth dressage Weymouth, it is scaled down in size to allow its accommodation in the horses mouth in comfort. These bradoons are not normally used on their own, but in the case of this bit, the 3.5" and 4" sizes would be suitable for very small ponies, as they require a smaller bit. The object of a bradoon when used with Weymouth is to raise and place the head.
measure a bit:
A bit should fit your horse’s mouth so that the mouthpiece extends approximately 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) beyond the horse’s lips on either side, but not so tight that the horse might be pinched by any movable cheek pieces. You also don’t want a great length of bit hanging out of the horse’s mouth. The different parts of the mouthpieces on bits are made to sit on specific areas of the mouth. So for the bit to be effective, the bit needs to contact those areas properly. You also don’t want the bit pulling through the horse’s mouth when you pull on a rein. Measure an old bit you know already fits. Use a tape measure to measure from the inside of each cheek piece or ring .Use a piece of string about 12” (30cm) long. Tie a knot about 2 inches (5cm) in. Put it through your horse’s mouth, with the knot against the lips on one side. Mark the opposite side with a marker or little piece of tape