Training

Professional’s Choice: A Bit of Advice

This compilation of great bitting advice from Professional’s Choice is sure to gear you and your American Quarter Horse up for horse-training success.

Ed Dufurrena attributes improved communication with his horses to Clear Signal Equine Bits. Photo courtesy of Professional’s Choice

Clear Signal Equine Bits aim to eliminate common bitting problems by providing innovative solutions and clear communication with our equine partners.

These bits have been designed to keep horses comfortable during work, enabling them to perform at their best.

These revolutionary, patented designs are based upon extensive research into the anatomy of the horse’s mouth and how the bit functions.

From the trail to the show ring, Clear Signal Equine has been leading horses to notable accomplishments, including the National Cutting Horse Association Non-Pro Horse of the Year, the NCHA Limited Non-Pro Futurity Championship and the NCHA Futurity Championship.

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Check out a video that goes behind the scenes at Clear Signal Equine,  including X-ray studies. These bits have been designed by 2015 NCHA Futurity champion Ed Dufurrena and Brandon Anthony and have revolutionized the horse industry.

Another video examines the snaffle. From the duel center piece down to the way the metal is shaped and textured, the bit allows pressure to only be applied to one side when the bit is engaged.

This allows the horse to respond faster to commands as it receives one direct clear signal. The shape of the mouthpiece allows the horse to truly hold a bit it its mouth comfortably without any movement or slippage while the horse is in a relaxed state; reducing the risk for soft tissue tears in the mouth.

The Futurity loose-cheek bit has oblong bars that allow the horse to pick up the bit and hold it steadily and comfortably in the soft tissues of the corners of its mouth. Historically, when this type of bit is engaged, the swivel shanks take the headstall rings and push them into the horse’s molars, which causes extreme pain and confusion. The CSE bit has been geometrically shaped so that when the bit is engaged, it does not push into the horse’s molars.

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The Futurity: From the curb strap placement down to the way the metal is shaped, this bit allows pressure to only be applied to a horse when the bit is engaged.

This allows the horse to respond faster to commands as it receives one direct clear signal. The shape of the bars allows the horse to truly hold a bit in its mouth comfortably without any movement or slippage while the horse is in a relaxed state.

The Derby: Designed for more mature horses, this bit features a new tongue sweep that fits more comfortably within a horses mouths, allowing them to pick up the bit and hold it stable more comfortably.

Each bit has a newly designed and never-before-done curb strap slot, which allows the curb strap to sit farther back. This allows the horse to not feel pain or discomfort when the bit is engaged, as opposed to most other bits, which leave no room and allow for pinching, which can hurt and confuse the horse.