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mrsmoon

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Registered: 02/01/06
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Hello,

 

Does anyone uses these bits? http://www.hippus.ch/

 

I know them by a girl on a french website and their design is very clever i think;

and I also discovered this morning that Philippe Karl uses them!

So i will order mine tonight, a H510, and of course there will be an article in this forum (as soon as Mr.Moon recovers from his kick in the head by a shod horse)

 

 

planete

Registered: 03/22/06
Posts: 12
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Really sorry to hear of M.Moon's recent injury. . I hope it is not too serious and that he will soon be recovered . Let us know how you get on with the bit when you can ride him again.
mrsmoon

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At last I do my report....it is not complete because I did not try the bit for too long, only about 10 times.

They give this bit to fit horses mouth between 11.5 and 13,5cm wide, and they say it should not make lines in the corner of the mouth, and I agree with it.

First let me show pictures of this bit, much better quality than the ones in their website

mrsmoon

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the middle joint can move only in one plan, the bit is flat against the cheeks.

You can see that the wider the mouth is, the more "C" shape the bit is; and of course for a horse with a narrow mouth, the bit has a "V" shape..

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mrsmoon

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Mr.Moon having a narrow mouth, I found difficult to put the bit in his mouth because with the V shape, the branches are nearly parallel to the cheeks; if I want the bit does not frown the corner of the lips, it touches the canine teeth.

And any rein action  (bilateral) in the direction of the corners of the mouth "pulls" the bit higher in the mouth, and with this V shape pushes the cheeks closer one to the other!! This is what I could see from the floor.

An action on only one rein and the bit will come out a lot this side, as the bit is really wider than the mouth.

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mrsmoon

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I tried to ride with the bit: Moon did not show any discomfort but also I could not find any improvement so, as I did not like the look it had (bit sticking out and fish mouth), I stopped using it, and was back to the snaffle.

 

But it reminded me that any action on a snaffle should be in the direction of the corner of the mouth, and I applied it carefully with the high hands that are so well explained by Philippe Karl () in his DVD and articles (as well as the flexions to relax the jaw).

If you do it, the joint of the bit cannot hurt the palate as it is parallel.

Since I raised my hands, Moon stopped beeing behind the vertical and improved a lot, in spite of all his hooves troubles.

 

I lent the bit to a friend whose mare was never relaxed in the mouth, since she was "broken"  in a riding school, ridden by the heavier and beginner riders with german reins years ago. On this mare this bit had a good effect because for the first time I have seen her relaxed in the mouth!

 

 

 

 

bex

Registered: 02/20/09
Posts: 3
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Hi
I have the hippus 1000 and I am very impressed ,I am after another -but am having trouble getting one!
Does anyone know where I could get one at a reasonable price? Maybe a  used one?
Thanks
Bex
mrsmoon

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Hi bex,

How did you get your first hippus bit?
I ordered mine directly on the website  http://www.hippus.ch/
I only had to do an international bank transfer in CHF but of course it was full price




bex

Registered: 02/20/09
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Hi Mrs Moon
I got mine from the US. I thought I'd got a good deal but hadn't realised about the tax I'd have pay on delivery!
So it wasnt such a good deal, I have looked at the main site and will have to order from there I think.
There is a company called Specialist Equine- in the UK that sold them but I cant get hold of them so I take it they may not exist anymore.
I'm surprised they are not so popular here -or it's just that people have never heard of them.
Do you still have yours?
I have tried some of the re-sellers on the main site but nobody has got back to me
Bex.
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