Towards respectful riding
I-bride mouthpieces are a concentrate of technology developed around flexibility, damping and ergonomic. I-Bride innovation is a mouthpiece made of 3 layers, each one offering specific properties.
Two concepts are important to understand when choosing bits:
- Damping: the ability of the mouthpiece to absorb the the intensity of the rider’s hand action.
- Flexibility: the ability of the mouthpiece to become rounded with the action of the hand.
When you choose an I-Bride bit, you considere the sensitivity of your horse. Compression and expansion of the bit’s cells take place during each stride, improving the connection to your equine.
Our range is available in 3 dampings (soft, medium and strong) and 2 flexibilities allowing the rider to found his settings according the objective he is looking for with his horse.
Choose your mouthpiece damping
Soft damping: an absorbing mouthpiece
Choosing a soft I-Bride bit means opting for very comfortable damping. Information from the riders hands will be strongly absorbed by the mouthpiece.
This bit allows your horse to get your horse on the while preserving all the points of support, and therefore to preserve its TMJ, its joints and its ligaments.
Shock absorption is favored here to the detriment of responsiveness, but can nevertheless offer very good dynamism.
The soft damping is recognized by its orange color.
Medium damping: a dynamic mouthpiece
Choosing a medium I-Bride bit means choosing a compromise between an absorbing and a hard mouthpiece.
With this mouthpiece you will get a dynamic and energetic feedback from the horse. Like a spring, the energy generated by the rider’s hand action is absorbed for a better redistribution.
The medium damping is recognized by its green color.
Strong damping: a reactive mouthpiece
Choosing a strong I-Bride bit means opting for a better reactivity of the horse in response to the rider’s hand action. This bit offers an optimal feedback.
Informations coming from the rider’s hand is finely transcribed to the horse. The rider thus controls the information transmitted to the horse and obtains an immediate reaction without interference from the horse to his request.
To be noted:
- This mouthpiece is less absorbent than the medium and the soft ones, but has good damping.
- The joints, TMJ, ligaments and muscles of the horse will be more stressed.
The strong damping is recognized by its blue color.
Choose your mouthpiece flexibility
The 3 dampings seen above are available in 2 flexibilities. The greater the flexibility, the more precise the information transmitted by your hands to your horse will be, especially on requests for flexion or rotation. However, each flexibility stimulates different mechanoreceptors. It is therefore necessary to know your horse sensitivity to opt for the best flexibility.
The Flex –: a rigid mouthpiece
Opting for the Flex – means choosing a more rigid bit which will have a more direct action on the tongue. To summarize, it will stimulate the same mechanoreceptors as a straight bit.
Some horses are very sensitive to the pressure exerted on the bars. In this case, the Flex – is an excellent solution to gain stability.
The Flex – mouthpiece can be recognized by its dark color.
The Flex +: an encompassing mouthpiece
Opting for the Flex + means choosing a softer, more enveloping bit that will press on the bars, tissues and commissures. To sum up, it will stimulate the same mechanoreceptors as a double jointed bit.
The Flex + mouthpiece is recognizable by its light color.