The ‘Correct’ Names of Bits (and Other Tack)

If you’re like me, you have trouble remembering the names of the many, many bitting options on the market. Instead, it’s easier to remember them by what they should be called.

If you’re on social media at all, you’ve likely seen memes like this:

Although not accurate — at least not in the technical sense — these memes make us smile and have a certain ring of truth to them. In the spirit of clever memes, we offer you the equestrian version. Here are the “correct” names of some bits (and other tack).

A note to our readers: While we are aware that any bit is only as gentle or harsh as the hands using it and that most bits serve a purpose, we are in no way promoting the use of these bits. Further, this is a tongue-in-cheek, light-hearted piece. We welcome you to laugh with us. 


What other horse tack deserves more descriptive names? Send your submissions to [email protected].

Shoutout to the funny group of ladies whose witty conversation inspired this post!