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.