Fager Horse Bits has recognized that even a minor detail in a design can easily make the difference between an average performance and an outstanding performance, both in terms of results and welfare.
The philosophy behind their designs is fully backed by current and ongoing scientific research. The Research and Development behind our bit designs are performed in collaboration with Veterinarians who share our passion for equine welfare.
Their forward-thinking approach to bitting means they aren’t afraid to explore concepts which fall outside the box of traditional bitting.
This has enabled Fager bits UK to create revolutionary designs which acknowledge and accommodate the differing anatomy between individual horses, placing their comfort and well-being at the forefront of every bit we produce.
Through extensive research and assessment, they have applied the benefits of varying the pressure points in the mouth within their designs; dispersing the pressures to where the horse feels most comfortable.
Every Fager design has been developed with a specific type/personality of the horse as the focus.
They began by questioning the basic traditional bit design, with its thick, heavy metal bars. Fager then went on to challenge the need to place this cumbersome piece in a horse’s mouth when it is possible to use a much lighter design and material which physically took up much less space?
A comfortable horse will surely then be responsive to subtler aids, easier to manage, and more of a pleasure to ride.
FEEL THE DIFFERENCE WITH FAGER
The demands we place on horses today differ greatly from our expectations from 50 years ago.
Today we require our horses to be sharper, athletic, and much more responsive to our aids.
These horses are more sensitive than ever before and we must learn to respect this enhanced sensitivity and nurture it, allowing them to perform to the best of their capabilities.
Remember, bit pressure will always be there – that is the basic principle behind the use of the bit.
However, simply removing the pressure from one point will only place increased pressure on another focal point.
Therefore, Fager has given the greatest consideration and research into all elements when developing new designs of bit.Shop Fager Bits
frequently asked questions
The Fager Horse logo should always be on your horse’s right side, running forward, so Fager faces in front.
To help you find the correct bitting solution for your horse, Fager have created a series of questions which will direct you to the correct bit for you.
Depending on your answers, different models will be recommended.
Try the Fager bit quiz here.
Fager also advises taking a look at their Guide to Sidepieces which illustrates the differences and will recommend which side piece is the most suitable option for you and your horse.
If you are unsure of what size of bit to purchase for your horse, Fager recommends measuring an existing bit which correctly fits the horse.
Alternatively, you can measure the mouth of the horse. To do this, Fager recommends using a whip and placing a piece of sticky tape onto the shaft of the whip. Then carefully place the whip into the mouth with the tape just showing/sitting on the outside of the mouth corners, where the flesh ends.
Next place some sticky tape on the other side (or simply mark the spot by holding your fingers) then remove the whip and measure between the two pieces of tape on the whip. Should your measurement fall in between two sizes, always choose the bigger size.
When you are on the right side of your horse (offside) the Fager horse signature logo should be facing forwards with the word Fager in front.
Each Fager bit has its own unique description and video to demonstrate how that specific model should sit in the mouth.
Fager recommends having 2 to 3 bits at your disposal.
Rotation is key – even if your bit feels amazing, it is really important to change it before you lose it. Depending on the individual horse and bit, Fagor usually advises rotating between every 2 to 7 uses, changing to another model at least 2 times before changing back.
The mouth of your horse is sensitive and applying consistent, constant pressure unfortunately can result in bruising without us realising. These pressure spots need to be alternated to avoid any discomfort, ideally before bruising occurs.
The button below will take you to Fager’s competition-approved bits in various categories and disciplines.
They regularly update the lists, however, they cannot guarantee that all rule changes are up to date.Find out More
The button below will take you to Fager’s dressage legal bits.
Please note: Fager regularly updates the lists, however, they cannot guarantee that all rule changes are up to date.Find out more
Finding a bit can be challenging so, let Fager help you decide whether you need Titanium or Sweet Iron.
Titanium Horse Bits
The reason Titanium is used for horse bits is due to its low density, high strength and resistance to corrosion. Titanium is a tasteless metal which naturally adapts to the temperature of the mouth, encouraging the horse to accept the bit and be more comfortable.
Fager recommends a Titanium bit for sensitive-mouthed horses who can react to other metals e.g. red marks or sores developing, despite a soft contact from the hands.
Titanium gives a super light feeling in the hand and quicker response when compared to a heavier bit, particularly when combined with the correct mouthpiece for the individual horse.
All Fager Titanium bits are quality checked and made of 100% medical Titanium, ensuring you utilise and feel the full benefits of this fantastic metal.
Sweet Iron Horse Bits
Sweet iron is a covering on top of a bit made of stainless steel.
The purpose is to disguise the metal taste from stainless steel and create a pleasant, sweet taste, encouraging the horse to seek more contact and hold on to the bit.
Following use, sweet iron will start to oxidize and turn brownish grey, which means that the bit will start to rust but this is to be expected.
The more the sweet iron oxidizes, more ‘sweet’ taste will be released. When this happens the ‘blue’ will almost disappear.
Fager’s warehouse and Head Office are located in southern Sweden and since 2020, all Fager bits are produced from start to finish in their dedicated factory in Pakistan.
The team in their factory are highly knowledgeable and experienced, which enables them to have full control over quality, design and materials. The production is a highly skilled handcraft and not a skill which can be easily learned in a year or two.