Neue Schule Turtle Top Jumper Bit
This anatomy-inspired double jointed jumper bit with enhanced mouthpiece stability provides a number of rein options including the option for a curb strap. But whatever option you choose, the flattened underside of the cannons with their anatomy-inspired recesses are held parallel to the tongue whatever riding activity you enjoy.
This fabulous bit from Neue Schule is specifically engineered to accommodate the larger or sensitive tongue and often negates the need to close the mouth using either a flash, figure eight or a drop noseband.
The bold TongueSMART™ design focuses rein pressure to the central part of the tongue while diverting pressure away from the sensitive regions near the bars. The unique central ‘Turtle’ link brings the proximal ends of the cannons to their closest separation possible.
The Flex ™ concept of widening the surfaces that lie parallel to the plane of the tongue reduces the pressure further. With any kind of noseband the closed mouth easily accommodates the mouthpiece whose effective thickness in the region of the inter-dental space is the smallest in the Neue Schule range.
How it works:
1. The concave underside of the bit lays flat on the tongue and remains this way as you ride, offering a smooth profile with more weight bearing surface and reduced pressure. However, there is very little bulk between the tongue and the upper palate meaning that it is no longer necessary to use a fat bit to achieve the large weight bearing surface.
2. The upper surface of the central link is gently curved and widened, this matches equine palate anatomy fitting neatly under the palatine arch.
3. The mouthpiece remains further back in the mouth negating the need to over-tighten the cheek-pieces. This reduces the pressure in both the corner of the lip and on the poll. This is not only more comfortable for the horse it means your subtle half halts are more readily felt.
4. The horse is much less inclined to draw the tongue back or stick it out to the side owing to an uncomfortable mouthpiece. Old habits do however die hard and if he has ingrained tongue evasions (and these do tend to appear when a horse is stressed or excited) then there is the physical restriction of the locking cannons, which won’t lift into the upper quadrant, to help eradicate this. (The lifting of the bit’s cannons is not a rein aid that a rider would give as the hands would have to be directly above the horse’s ears in order to do so.)
5. The resulting stability of the bit in the mouth gives clearer rein aids and the horse has fewer distractions.
6. Chomping and chewing is also discouraged, helping to prevent damage to the tooth enamel.
So what is the difference between the Turtle Top and the Turtle Tactio?
The Turtle Top offers a very even weight-bearing surface across the whole of the mouth, whereas the Turtle Tactio utilities the center of the tongue in order to alleviate bar pressure.
This is comfortable for the horse as the centre of the tongue is depressed down onto the floor of the mouth whereas the outer edges of the tongue are not pushed down onto the angular, bony bars that are not well cushioned and therefore are much more prone to damage.