Bit Donation Scheme

 

Friends of Marwari's horse bit donation scheme aims to provide owners of Indigenous horses in India with mouth bits that are kinder to their horses. Many of these majestic horses, which are considered divine, are ridden in severe home made ‘snaffle’ bits that are commonly used in India, these are often crudely filed, with sharp shapes or decoration on the mouthpiece (spikes and rowels) and as such cause immense suffering and injury to the animal. It is often a lack of education, wanting quick reaction and results or lack of knowledge by the owner, not a deliberate choice to hurt their steed.

 

It is with this knowledge that the ‘Friends’ have devised the BIT DONATION SCHEME and formed associations with influential and respected Indian horse traders, breeders and farmers, who understand the importance of good horsemanship, and in time it is hoped that they can, in turn, educate their buyers and fellow horse owners into an alternative, kinder, way of bitting their horses.

UK Chairman Caroline Moorey said:

 

“It is our hope that the more conventional bits we can circulate within the horse community in India then the more chance there is of a horse or pony not going through the suffering of having a crudely filed homemade bit put in their mouth. “

 

“We have been careful to research and choose a scheme that we know will work - now we need your snaffle bits (old or new) of 4½ , 4 ¾ & 5 inch width only as these breeds have small mouths. Can you DO YOUR BIT and donate today?”

 

          Please click on the Gallery of images below to see us in action! 

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If you want to take part and help with bit collection in your local area then here is a poster that you can use. If you have bits to donate then here is a list of over 60 collection points in the UK where you can drop them off.  If you want to join us on a bit delivery trip to India then please Contact Us for more details of the next trip. In case you have any questions, we have added a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. The great news is we have reached our initial target of 1000 donated bits! However, we will continue the scheme until such time as (hopefully) it is not required! That would be our wish that Thorn Bits are one day to be a thing of the past in India. Please keep collecting & well done to everyone so far.

 

Bit Donation Scheme

Bit Donation Scheme

Bit Donation Scheme

Bit Donation Scheme

Bit Donation Scheme

Bit Donation Scheme

Balotra Fair 2010

Balotra Fair 2010

Bit Donation Scheme

Balotra Fair 2010

Balotra Fair 2010

Bit Donation Scheme

Rural village made thorn bit

Rural village made thorn bit

Bit Donation Scheme

Thorn bit seller

Thorn bit seller

Bit Donation Scheme

Result of Thorn Bit

Result of Thorn Bit

Bit Donation Scheme

Thorn Bit 1

Thorn Bit 1

Bit Donation Scheme

Thorn Bit with moving rowels

Thorn Bit with moving rowels

Bit Donation Scheme

Thorn Bit

Thorn Bit

Bit Donation Scheme

Crude pelham with too high port

Crude pelham with too high port

Bit Donation Scheme

Balotra 2010 Thanks

Balotra 2010 Thanks

Bit Donation Scheme

Worshipful Comapny of Loriners

Worshipful Comapny of Loriners

Bit Donation Scheme

Our collection continues

Our collection continues

Bit Donation Scheme

BETA British Equestrian Trade Assn

BETA British Equestrian Trade Assn

Bit Donation Scheme

More bits donated!

More bits donated!

Bit Donation Scheme

Muktsar 2012

Muktsar 2012

Bit Donation Scheme

Muktsar, Punjab

Muktsar, Punjab

Bit Donation Scheme

Muktsar Magi Mela

Muktsar Magi Mela

Bit Donation Scheme

Muktsar exchanging in progress

Muktsar exchanging in progress

Bit Donation Scheme

Muktsar Bit Trip

Muktsar Bit Trip

Bit Donation Scheme

Muktsar thorn bits confiscated

Muktsar thorn bits confiscated

Bit Donation Scheme

Promoting the scheme at BETA

Promoting the scheme at BETA

Bit Donation Scheme

IHSI Update

IHSI Update

Bit Donation Scheme

Thorn bit in use at wedding

Thorn bit in use at wedding

Bit Donation Scheme

Rural bit

Rural bit

Bit Donation Scheme

Old thorn bits

Old thorn bits

Bit Donation Scheme

Letter to Animal Welfare Board India

Letter to Animal Welfare Board India

Bit Donation Scheme

Giving in village

Giving in village

Bit Donation Scheme

Trying for size and fit

Trying for size and fit

Bit Donation Scheme

Getting used to no sharp bit!

Getting used to no sharp bit!

Bit Donation Scheme

Happy stallion with smooth bit

Happy stallion with smooth bit

Bit Donation Scheme

Donating to prominent breeders

Donating to prominent breeders

Bit Donation Scheme

Progress chart

Progress chart

Bit Donation Scheme

Ambod 2014

Ambod 2014

Bit Donation Scheme

Fitting happy mouth

Fitting happy mouth

Bit Donation Scheme

Bit Fit Measurement

Bit Fit Measurement

Bit Donation Scheme

Cutting off rope bridle

Cutting off rope bridle

Bit Donation Scheme

Examining bit styles

Examining bit styles

Bit Donation Scheme

Thorn bit in use

Thorn bit in use

Bit Donation Scheme

Happy with fulmer snaffle

Happy with fulmer snaffle

Bit Donation Scheme

Trying for size

Trying for size

Bit Donation Scheme

Thorn bits confiscated at Ambod

Thorn bits confiscated at Ambod

Bit Donation Scheme

Selecting for the next delivery

Selecting for the next delivery

Bit Donation Scheme

Thorn bit in use

Thorn bit in use

Bit Donation Scheme

Happy recipient

Happy recipient

Bit Donation Scheme

More bits arrive

More bits arrive

Bit Donation Scheme

Selecting

Selecting

Bit Donation Scheme

Exchanging and fitting

Exchanging and fitting

Bit Donation Scheme

Thorn bits still on sale :(

Thorn bits still on sale :(

Bit Donation Scheme

Showing mouthpiece styles

Showing mouthpiece styles

Bit Donation Scheme

Donation to local vet

Donation to local vet

Bit Donation Scheme

Exchanging on roadside to fair

Exchanging on roadside to fair

Bit Donation Scheme

Education leaflets

Education leaflets

Bit Donation Scheme

Explaining

Explaining

Bit Donation Scheme

Selection process

Selection process

Bit Donation Scheme

Donation process

Donation process

Bit Donation Scheme

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Updated: 05 May 2020