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Ported D
Ported D

“When a horse pushes and leans into pressure, his body goes in an unnatural position. The Ported D offers tongue release, a very kind port, and pressure that's universally understood.” —JE

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Rope Gag
Rope Gag

“When I designed this setup, all I had was a heel rope in my shop. It turns out the stiff rope is what makes it work. If I’d had a piece of soft rope, the Rope Gag never would’ve come to be.” —JE

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Shank Bits
Shank Bits

"These are a staple to every horseman, both novice and professional"

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Curbstraps
Curbstraps

"When it comes to Curbs, these are my go-to’s everytime"

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Headstall
Headstall

"The feel and comfort of your headstall is very important"

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Double Stitched Reins
Double Stitched Reins

"These are my favorites"

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About

A lifetime horseback

From ranch cowboy to colt starter to performance horse trainer—teaches you a lot about equipment, including what works; what to avoid; and, most important for Jim Edwards, what’s best for the horse.

Jim came by bitmaking naturally. He learned from watching his father repair his own gear and build his own equipment out of necessity when working on remote ranches in New Mexico and West Texas. Jim’s cowboy education continued as he worked cattle and trained horses in early adulthood, when he began to question conventional bridle bits and how horses reacted to them.

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JIM'S FAMOUS ROPE GAG

The stiff yet flexible shanks are what make my gag bit so unique and unconventional. The rope's resistant body allows the...

SOLID VS CORRECTIONAL BIT MOUTHPIECES

The correctional bit is a softer and slower than the solid mouthpieces. Here Jim explains why.

A BIT'S MOUTHPIECE DESIGN AND ITS EFFECT

Jim explains how he made his bridle to protect the horses mouth and...

POPULAR SLIDER MOUTHPIECE

Jim goes through his slider bridles and explains the correlation...

BEHIND WESTERN BIT DESIGN

There is a lot more history, design, and development behind English...

BRIDLE BIT PARTS

Jim explains what all the parts of the bit are called. For example, find out what the draft of a bit is.

MY SOLID MOUTH PIECE BITS

Jim names his bridles for it to be easier for people to understand.

CURB CHAINS

Jim prefers the leather curb strap. However, the large chain and leather...

DIFFERENT BIT SHANK LENGTHS

Here Jim explains how the different length thanks that JE Bits ...

TIMED VS. JUDGED EVEN

Judges events are based off of correctness/precision, willingness and..

INSTINCT AND TRAINING

Horses are predator/prey animals. Jim explains how this natural instinct affects how..

BITS AND THEIR PURPOSE

A fixed shank vs a unfixed shank(slider) and it's purpose

COW HORSE CREEK BIT

The Cow Horse Creek is not named this way because it is made specific for the cow horse event.

DENA KIRKPATRICK AND CASEY DEARY DISCUSS JIM EDWARDS BITS

Million dollar NRHA rider Casey Deary and Professional Barrel Horse Trainer Dena Kirkpatrick discuss how a bit's mouthpiece effects a horse's innate instinct to go to or push against pressure.