Reinsman Van Hargis Transition Series #1
#270 – Stage A
Offset 7/16” Dee Tapered Sweet
Iron Snaffle 5″ Mouth 3″ Dee
The Van Hargis Progressive Bit System was designed to gradually transition a horse from the two-handed direct rein communication of the Van Hargis Off-set D-ring snaffle to the subtle one-handed refined communication of the mild and comfortable Van Hargis All-Around Performance bit. Each bit further refines communication and prepares the horse for the next step of performance until the ultimate in communication and performance is achieved. This is a system of champions for champions.
The Sweet Iron Two-Piece Snaffle is the first bit I use on practically every horse I ride and the one bit I come back to whenever a communication problem arises. This bit was designed to be heavy, balanced and communicative. The stainless steel D-rings give the bit eye appeal and ease of maintenance. The barrels at the corners of the horse’s mouth are carefully designed and enhanced with a special bushing to ensure long-term smoothness to eliminating any possible chance of pinching. The sweet iron two-piece mouth has an easy practical curve to promote an easily detectable signal from the rider while being comfortable and palatable to the horse.
Sweet iron naturally rusts into a light patina. The rust creates a sweet taste for the horse and makes the bit more acceptable and increases salivation for a supple mouth. Mullen relief is used on all our snaffle mouthpieces which is a forward curve that creates even pressure across the bars and tongue to eliminate the nutcracker effect.
GOLDEN GLIDE BUSHINGS –
• Further enhance the smoothness of the independent cheek movement allowing for more precise cues
• Eliminate the cheek connection from pinching the horse’s lips
• Smooths the movement of the cheek piece for better feel and performance
“Whether I’m starting a young horse, tuning a performance horse or helping a horse overcome an issue, my first choice of bit is my smooth-mouth offset d-ring snaffle by Reinsman. With this bit, there’s no chance of ever pinching a horse’s cheeks because they are made with a unique brass bushing between the bit mount and the stainless steel d-rings.” – Van Hargis
Van Hargis is a horseman with a message. He is of today’s most versatile horsemen, a designation that reflects a lifetime devoted to learning-and communicating-the elements of superior horsemanship as applied in a variety of disciplines.
Are You Riding with Both Hands? Stage A bits are great for starting horses, training, or maintaining steady contact. Aspects include direct reining, non-leverage Loose Rings and Dee Rings with mouthpiece diameters 5/16” and over.