Lorenzini titanium bits: ideal for young horses
Team Arka Equipe have been trying Lorenzini bits out on a range of our young horses, with great results. Classic favourites including the D ring, full cheek and loose ring snaffles have been given a super-light, biocompatible, titanium makeover – and are all the better for it!
Here we share some of our top picks for bitting youngsters:
Emma uses the Lorenzini loose ring lozenge snaffle with a smaller bradoon ring on her 4yo Lusitano stallion, Gav.
“I don’t know honestly if the smaller bradoon ring makes a difference, but I personally feel it has a quicker, more direct action than a bigger ring, so it is always my preference. I chose a loose ring for Gav as in the early days he had a tendency to occasionally put his head in the air, grab the bit and run through the bridle – so the loose ring helped to stop him taking a hold. I always choose a lozenge over a joint as it helps the bit to sit round the tongue without pressure points. It encourages them to take the contact out rather than back off it. I love how super lightweight and unobtrusive these bits are in a young horse’s mouth – they just feel ‘nice’. You definitely have to see and handle one of these bits in the flesh to really appreciate that. You can barely tell you have a bit on the bridle! I think the Lorenzini snaffle has really helped Gav to take his nose out to the contact (which can be an ongoing problem with Iberians) more and be more accepting of the bridle. It is less confrontational to a young horse to have a small lightweight bit to accept rather than a thicker, heavier one. The better the contact has become with him the easier it is to get him in a good balance. I even put Gav back in his previous bit to see if it was just a training improvement – but it was no way near as good as the Lorenzini bit."
Melissa uses a Lorenzini full cheek French link snaffle on all of her young horses, including Skip To The Beat, who is competing at BE100/Novice.
“I can say that the Lorenzini bits have been amazing! All the horses seem to have reacted very well to the bit, which I think is partly due to the lightness of them. Some of the horses that were previously slightly fussy in the mouth no longer are. Interestingly enough, when I use this bit I don’t find any of them require a flash on the noseband as they are far more settled and very soft. None of them seem to ‘set against’ it, this proved by the fact that I have even hunted in it and had perfect brakes on a complete novice."
Georgia used a Lorenzini loose ring French link on 4yo showjumper, Kody.
“I cannot praise them enough! They worked fantastically on a 4yo who was very sensitive in his mouth and had the tendency to throw his head about a lot, however due to how light this bit is there was minimal pressure on his mouth and so it kept his head a lot more still. Absolutely brilliant!”
Annabel uses a Lorenzini D ring lozenge snaffle on newly backed 3yo warmblood Solo.
“I started Solo in the Lorenzini D ring, so he’s only ever had titanium! What I first noticed, compared to other newly-bitted youngsters, was that he only mouthed the bit for a minute when it first went in and then seemed to forget it was there. I think it’s the lightness of the titanium, which makes it very unobtrusive. He’s only been in training for a couple of weeks, but he’s always happy to have the bridle put on, which I see as a positive attitude towards the bit. I like using a D ring with youngsters, as it stops the bit cheeks slipping into the mouth if you have a turning issue, and aids steering. I’ve used this bit on a couple of other youngsters, and love the feel it gives you down the reins – you can’t really feel a bit there, not in the clanky metal way some double joints feel, and the contact feels much more direct. The D ring also sits very still in the mouth and doesn’t move around. All of the horses I’ve tried in it seem keen to stretch into the contact and work has improved generally.”
Lucas uses a Lorenzini 18mm straight bar loose ring snaffle (bespoke) on 6yo KWPN mare Coco.
“Coco was really, REALLY fussy with her mouth – opening it, evading bits, head shaking and pulling. We tried lots of different mild snaffles (happy mouth straight bar, rollers etc) and then tried the Lorenzini one. From the first time we used it she was happy and quiet in her mouth. It's so incredible, it's almost bizarre but we’re not complaining!”