Western Horse Bits

There are many different Western bits with seemingly endless subtle variations, so choosing bits for horses may be intimidating. But most horse bits are really just different versions of the basics. They may have slightly different features, but all horse bits have the same effect. From correctional and roping bits to snaffles, South Texas Tack has the Western bits and bridle sets that you need.

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Bleeding Heart Curb Strap Harness and Latigo Leather
PROFESSIONAL CHOICE
Bleeding Heart Curb Strap Harness and Latigo Leather

This Professional's Choice curb strap is made of double plaited burgundy latigo and Hermann Oak harness leather and features brass buckles.

 

Hardware can vary.

 

Curb strap

Bleeding heart

Hermann Oak harness leather

$16.99
Professional Choice Sunflower Shank Chain Bit
PROFESSIONAL CHOICE
Professional Choice Sunflower Shank Chain Bit

This beautiful Professional's Choice sunflower shank chain bit from their new Sunflower Collection is 5-1/4" in mouth and 6" cheek and features a decorative shank with silver and copper sunflowers. The chain mouthpiece is mild yet more aggressive than a two or three-piece snaffle mouthpiece.

 

Professional Choice

6" cheek

Decorative shank

5-1/4" chain bit

$69.99
Professional Choice Rasp Shank Snaffle Bit 5.25
PROFESSIONAL CHOICE
Professional Choice Rasp Shank Snaffle Bit 5.25" with 6" Cheek

Professional Choice rasp designed bits include this Rasp Shank Snaffle bit.  6" rasp detailed cheek with a 5 1/4" snaffle mouthpiece.  This mouthpiece applies more palate and bar pressure.  The snaffle is an excellent all-purpose mouthpiece that works well on most horses.

 

 

Rasp shank snaffle bit

6" cheek

5 1/4" mouth

$79.99
Jim Edwards San Saba Fixed NP 5 1/2
JIM EDWARDS BITS
Jim Edwards San Saba Fixed NP 5 1/2" Shank Bit

The Jim Edwards San Saba Bit offers a medium height rounded non- palate pressure mouthpiece and a 5 1/2 inch fixed shank. The shank gives the rider leverage and offers direct contact and immediate cues. The non-palate pressure mouthpiece applies pressure only to the edges of the horses' tongue for a direct cue.

 

non-palate pressure

5 1/2 inch fixed shank

medium height mouthpiece

$190.00
Jim Edwards Kenny Fixed 5 1/2
JIM EDWARDS BITS
Jim Edwards Kenny Fixed 5 1/2" Shank Bit

The hinges have been welded solid in the Jim Edwards Kenny bit, thus converting the correctional into a solid port. The 5 1/2" fixed shank offers direct contact and leverage while the mouthpiece applies the pressure. The pressure response is focused on the edges of the horse's tongue, providing the horse with a direct cue. At just under 2" in height, the mouthpiece provides ample tongue relief without interfering with the roof of the mouth.

 

5 1/2" shank

Solid port

Under 2" in height

Non-palate pressure mouthpiece

Mild steel 

 

$190.00
Dutton Dogbone D-Ring Snaffle
DUTTON BITS
Dutton Dogbone D-Ring Snaffle

This copper inlaid snaffle mouth with dogbone center Dutton bit pairs up with Dutton's off set D-ring for an awesome bit. The dogbone in the center adds tongue pressure while allowing the bars to break to the outside giving you contact on different nerves for a better response.

$49.95
Professional's Choice Floating Spade Dot Shank 6
PROFESSIONAL CHOICE
Professional's Choice Floating Spade Dot Shank 6" Cheek

The Floating Spade Dot Shank bit is made from polished steel. The cheek pieces are 6 inches and the mouth piece is 5 ¼ inches. Copper and steel encourage salivation. The trim consists of copper, silver, and turquoise dots. 

 

5 ¼ inch mouth piece

6 inch cheek

Floating spade

Copper and polished steel

 

 

$79.99
Jim Edwards J Shank Ball Correction Bit
JIM EDWARDS BITS
Jim Edwards J Shank Ball Correction Bit

  • Non-palate pressure bit
  • Shank gives the rider leverage and the mouthpiece applies the pressure
  • Focuses on the edges of the horse's tongue
  • Provides tongue relief without interfering with the roof of the mouth
  • Made from a mild steel
  • 4 1/2" shank

$190.00
Jim Edwards NP Fixed Leon Bit (5
JIM EDWARDS BITS
Jim Edwards NP Fixed Leon Bit (5")

  • Non-palate pressure bit
  • Fixed
  • Shank gives the rider leverage and the mouthpiece applies the pressure
  • Focuses on the edges of the horse's tongue
  • Provides tongue relief without interfering with the roof of the mouth
  • Made from a mild steel
  • 5" shank

$190.00
Dutton 7
DUTTON BITS
Dutton 7" Gag Chain Bit

The Dutton 7" Gag Chain Bit is designed to allow the mouthpiece to slide on a shank, rope or cable. The gag bit is excellent for lateral leverage and popular amongst the barrel racing community. This piece doesn’t apply pressure to the bars of the horse’s mouth.

$82.95
 Dutton 7
DUTTON BITS
Dutton 7" Cheek Twisted Dogbone Gag Bit

The Dutton Twisted Dogbone Gag Bit with 7" Cheek is designed to allow the mouthpiece to slide on a shank, rope or cable. The gag bit is excellent for lateral leverage and popular amongst the barrel racing community. This piece doesn’t apply pressure to the bars of the horse’s mouth.

$82.95
Dutton Short Cheek Twisted Wire Bit
DUTTON BITS
Dutton Short Cheek Twisted Wire Bit

This Dutton bit has a 6 3/4" cheek and a 3 1/2" shank. A gag bit is used for lateral leverage and does not apply pressure to the bars of the horse's mouth. Barrel racers use this bit to elevate a horse during a turn.

$82.95
Dutton High Port Swivel Shank Bit
DUTTON BITS
Dutton High Port Swivel Shank Bit

This is Dutton's high port solid swivel shank bit with a 2" port and an 8" cheek length.

$82.95
Dutton Short Shank Dogbone Bit
DUTTON BITS
Dutton Short Shank Dogbone Bit

The mouthpiece on this Dutton bit is 5" and the shank is 6". This bit features a swept back short shank which is great for younger horses or finished horses. The copper wrapped dogbone ensures salivation while the shorter shank allows for more pressure from the rider to achieve the same effect as longer shank bits.

$82.95
Dutton Old Cowboy Dogbone Copper Inlaid Bit
DUTTON BITS
Dutton Old Cowboy Dogbone Copper Inlaid Bit

This Dutton piece has light severity, a 3 piece mouth with 3/8" inlaid copper bars, and a 1 1/2" copper wrapped dogbone center. This mouthpiece reaches the outside pressure points of the bars allowing relief for the tongue.

$82.95
Dutton Old Cowboy Twisted Snaffle Bit
DUTTON BITS
Dutton Old Cowboy Twisted Snaffle Bit

This is a great bit for balance. These OC (Old Cowboy) shanks are short enough not to intimidate young horses and has some gag action from the mouthpiece and also the reins. This bit’s design works to lighten a horse without scaring him.

$82.95
Dutton Short S Cheek Square Ported Chain Bit
DUTTON BITS
Dutton Short S Cheek Square Ported Chain Bit

This Dutton bit is moderately severe. It features a 1 1/2" high port attached to a chain mouth. The high port applies pressure on the bars and the chain collapses across the bars to encourage flexion. This bit is a good option for those who are looking for a bit with a quicker response time and a little less leverage.

$82.95
Professional's Choice Bob Avila Santa Rosa Shank Chain
PROFESSIONAL CHOICE
Professional's Choice Bob Avila Santa Rosa Shank Chain

The chain mouthpiece conforms to the horses tongue and applies mild tongue and bar pressure. The chain is light on the bars. 5" Cheek, 5" Mouth.

 

$129.99
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Questions About Horse Bits?

How do you know which size horse bit to buy? The easiest way is to measure your horse's current bit. If that isn't available, you can use measuring tape or calipers to measure the distance between the horse's lips. A Western bit should extend about a quarter-inch beyond the lips on either side.

The shape of your horse's mouth can also impact how a horse bit fits. Every horse has a unique mouth so different styles of bits will work better than others depending on your horse's anatomy. If his tongue is large and fills his mouth or presses against his teeth it changes the location of the bit in the mouth. An improperly fitting bit can cause missed cues,irritation, injury You may need to try several styles before finding the perfect fit.

We've rounded up some common questions about ordering bits for horses. If you can't find the answer you need, check our FAQs or reach out and we can help.

[FAQ] How Do I Use a Coupon Code for Horse Bits?

After adding Western bits to your cart, click the "Shopping Cart" link at the top of this site. Once in the "Checkout" part of the cart, go to box number three and click Have a Coupon? to fill in a coupon code.

[FAQ] Do I Have to Pay Sales Tax On My Roping Bits?

Sales tax is only charged for orders placed in Texas, where our warehouse is located. All other locations do not need to pay sales tax on Western bits or other products.