The magic of The Perfect Bit is the ability for any rider, in any discipline to communicate clearly and effectively with their horse.
Is there such a thing as a perfect bit? It’s hard to say, because every horse is different. Thankfully for horses and riders everywhere, one man has made it his mission to find out.
The Quest for a Truly Perfect Bit
After years of seeing horses suffer from how a traditional bit functions, expert horse trainer and bit expert, Darren Stoner, began to scrutinize the standard bit mechanics to see if it could be changed and made better.
The Perfect Bit has come up with seems so genius in hindsight…. It goes beyond the basic bit that we are all familiar with and takes it to the next level.
While most of us continue to change out our bits until we find one that seems to work best, Darren went straight to the horse’s mouth to investigate the actual functionality of a basic bit, and explore ways he might be able to improve it.
The “Perfect Bit” is the result of many years of experimentation with numerous bits as Darren Stoner widened his search for a mouthpiece that allowed him to combine control with horse comfort.
Just how exactly did he get to the design of the “Perfect Bit” and what about it makes it so special?
Earth to horse riders everywhere, we have “a bit” of a problem…
Let us pose a question to you. When you pull on the bit using the reins, what happens in the horse’s mouth?
The truthful answer is, that most riders never even think about it.
What Darren found in his exploration of solving this issue was that often the horse will begin to adopt avoidance habits, which will negatively affect connection and performance for both horses and riders — in any discipline.
When the reins are pulled while using a traditional bit, the horse generally opens the mouth and sometimes shakes their head. This is because they are experiencing pain as the result of the bit rotating and hitting the roof of their mouth.
So, what’s is the alternative?
It seems so simple: A bit that can give a clear signal to your horse without causing it all the pain and discomfort that a traditional horse bit can cause.
What makes a bit the best a horse can get? “Independent Rotation”.
The solution? In order for the bit to stop rotating in a horse’s mouth, Darren had the “Eureka!” moment that there needed to be “independent rotation” of the bit rings, which is how they designed and patented the ball-joint connection.
How does it work exactly?
Instead of the bit piece inside of the mouth connecting directly and rigidly to the bit rings, they added ball-joint connections on either side so that the bit piece inside the mouth first connects to the moving ball joint — allowing it to have free movement from the bit rings. You can learn more here.
Genius! Part of the magic of The Perfect Bit is that the design is simple and the intended effect is very clear.
What’s all the buzz about….
From Western Influence to English Elegance…
What started out as Darren’s quest to innovate in the Western riding sphere is now becoming nationally and globally popular in the hunter, jumper, eventing, equitation, and dressage* arenas…. you name it.
As a result of so many requests to make it available for other disciplines, they are responding to the call in a big way.
Options, we’ve got Options
Most recently, they have updated their design so that the bit rings are more mainstream for modern hunter or jumper competition. Take a look at the new classic “D” and brand new line of English bits with a growing number of styles.
You might need to speak louder or softer at different times to make sure you are heard by your horse, so while it’s a perfect bit design — you might need one level for schooling and a different one for showing!
See what types of bits are available at The Perfect Bit’s online store.
In the event that you are still not convinced….
Testimonials from Professionals
To fully grasp the greatness of this bit, we decided to test it out and get some feedback from a few great riders we know. Here’s what they had to say:
5* Grand Prix Rider & Trainer (PonyApp Profile)
“The Perfect Bit gives me a great connection to my horse’s mouth. Their wide variety of styles means you can find the perfect option for any horse.”
Olympic Silver Medalist, 2016 Rio Olympic Games (PonyApp Profile)
“As a jumper with a German training background, I know that flatwork at home is hugely important. It’s how we get all the gears we need working to jump big courses. I am so excited to finally have a tool that works for all my horses on the flat. It is truly incredible how flexible this bit is.”
Gold Medal FEI North American Young Rider Championships (PonyApp Profile)
“From literally the first day, this bit changed my riding experience completely!”
“I used the Perfect Bit with my horse that I have the most difficulty communicating with on the flat. I went from working 20–30 minutes before having any connection to having consistent connection walk to canter and therefore cutting our ride time down significantly because there was no longer a barrier of communication. I am now able to thoroughly work my horse start to finish with little to no resistance and we are both so happy at the end of every ride!”
International French Show Jumper, Gold Medal European Pony Championships
“The horses accept it well on their mouth, making great contact between hands and mouth! Smoother and nicer for horses and rider! Allowing them to move forward using more strength and power!”