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After many Years of "Listening to Horses", Mr. HP decided to develop small Bit Range, devoted to and specifically for his Mouthing and Remouthing systems and Green Horses.
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 12mm. 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.
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.
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 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 today, who simply don't have room in their mouths for any bit wider than 12mm. Unfortunately, nearly all bits start at 14mm. diameter 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.
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!!