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How to Measure Your Mule or Donkey for Bit Size

Let’s talk about how to measure your mule or donkey for the correct bit size. What we’re going to do is take the mule and we’re gonna rub on him a little bit. We’re going to rub on the gums a little bit and then on the other side.

Let’s talk about how to measure your mule or donkey for the correct bit size.

What we’re going to do is take the mule and we’re gonna rub on him a little bit. We’re going to rub on the gums a little bit and then on the other side. Notice how he opens up his mouth. When he does, I’m going to rub on that bar then put my rope in there. I have a knot on the other side… I am going to measure the side without the knot after he gets quiet and then take that measurement.

This meal is about 16 hands hight and has a nice head.

Looking at our measurement, he’s going to be right around five and a quarter inches. You could go five and a half inches. I don’t really like the bit sitting completely against the lifts. Notice how the fat lipped they can, you saw her up pretty easily. So you could even use a five and a half inch on this bit, and this mule will do fine, but that’s how you measure for a bit what you do.

Be sure to check out Bits — Everything You Need to Know.

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    1 thought on “How to Measure Your Mule or Donkey for Bit Size”

    1. I have an 8 year old gelding mule that i got when he was 2. Thanks to your advice i learned how to train mules vs horses. Great success! I ride him in a tom thumb. Is this bit ok? Have your saddle and whole outfit and love it. Just got a yearling molly and work on leading, sacking out and feet almost every day. When time comes to start training to ride i use circyngle and long lines. She will be small so dont have circyngle small enough. Should i use a saddle with ropes through stirrups?

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