Product Review: The WTP Bit
Reviewed by April D. Ray
The Winning Tongue Plate (WTP) Bit features a unique design that reduces bit pressure without pinching, and prevents tongue-over-bit and soft palate displacement. Used and recommended by veterinarians and champion riders, this bit comes in many different shapes and sizes to suit all breeds of horses and their needs, and is suitable for any discipline from racing and show jumping, to dressage and general riding. Options include the “extended plate,” for horses with breathing problems and to stop the displacement of the soft palate, and “normal plate,” which has been compared to having power steering and referred to as “the bit of the future.”
WTP Bit, loose ring, extended plate.
For our review, we received the WTP Full Cheek Normal Plate bit from Canadian Saddlery & Centurion. This bit is used mainly by show jumping riders and colt-breakers, and has been rated by top colt-breakers as “the best bit in the world.” Horses are said to be soft and responsive in this bit, and it can help prevent mouthing and tongue issues.
I tried the bit on two different horses and was amazed by the results. Gatsby is a 15-year-old jumper at my barn, which meant I was able to ride with his owner, Kristina, when she tried the bit. It was truly remarkable to see Gatsby accept the bit and seek out the contact, something the pair has been struggling with.
Max, a student’s pony who tends to be very strong and at times uncontrollable, also tried the bit. Quickly, Max was seeking the contact in our warm-up, where before he would be hollow in his back and high-headed. His rider noted feeling as if she had much more control overall with this bit, especially over fences.
Gatsby wearing the WTP Bit, full cheek with normal plate.
After these try-outs, I would strongly suggest checking out WTP Bits to see if one might be a fit for your horse. The WTP line of bits is available at many fine tack stores.
For more information, please visit the Winning Tongue Plate Bit website.
Main article photo: WTP Bit, full cheek, normal plate.