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Ring bit

Ring bit, in use on a race horse in Germany

A ring bit is a bit (horse tack) that includes a ring passed through the horse's mouth and encircling the lower jaw.

In the American west, a metal ring fastened to a spade bit at the highest point of the bit mouthpiece passing through the horse's mouth, and surrounded the lower jaw was called a "ring bit." This design was more common in the Southwest than in the Northwest, and gradually disappeared from both areas, but remained in general use in Mexico.[1] Today, the ring bit is most common in horse racing, and usually has a jointed snaffle bit, with the ring linked to the bit rings or lower cheeks.[2]

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Horses racing, first in a snaffle bit, last in a ring bit


  1. Rollins 1922, page 149
  2. Dion Villella. "Register of Nationally Approved Gear". Racing Victoria Limited. http://www.racingsa.com.au/racing/pdf/GearChangeBooklet.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 

  • Rollins, Philip A. (1922) The Cowboy: His Character, Equipment and His Part in the Development of the West, C. Scribner's sons, 353 pages.


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