The Myth of the Mule Bit

Tacked up mule. Photo by author.

Every so often, somebody on equestrian Facebook posts a horrified picture of a “mule bit.”

It’s usually something like a twisted wire snaffle, or a “bicycle chain” bit. Whatever it is, they’re horrified because it’s a harsher bit.

See, there’s a myth that mules are “difficult,” and need a harder bit to ride them. It constantly circulates. Check the picture above. You can’t see the mouthpiece…