Even international professional riders put their trust in the innovative bit made
of Thermoplastic Elastomers that allows subtle communication between rider and horse. (Photo: © beris)
|The component manufacturer and R&D partner GPE Plast Engineering, working in close cooperation with beris (Wittenbergen), has relied on Thermoplastic Elastomers from KRAIBURG TPE for years. The latest applications include the innovative bit from beris that is in high demand among both professional and amateur horseback riders. As a manufacturer of an entire line of bits, bridles and reins for equestrian sports, beris uses only materials with exceptional properties that protect the horse’s sensitive mouth. Instead of a simple metal element or the standard combination of metal and leather, the bit specialist decided to manufacture the new bit using a soft and flexible, yet durable TPE from the THERMOLAST® K portfolio of KRAIBURG TPE.|
By choosing THERMOLAST® K from KRAIBURG TPE for the soft
outer material, beris has manufactured an innovative bit with
extremely good durability and FDA compliance that is accepted by
horses and facilitates subtle communication between rider
and horse. (Photo: © beris)
|The new bit from beris, which has a metal core surrounded by soft outer material, is available in lengths of 120, 130 and 140 mm. The thermoplastic material is ideal for the cost-effective production of such hard/soft combinations. It also offers the necessary design leeway to implement the special concept of the flattened bow shape. This leaves more room for the tongue, which many horses reward with improved calmness, relaxation and suppleness. The bit is therefore ideal for horses that only reluctantly tolerate the pressure exerted on the tongue by conventional, harder bits. This acceptance also facilitates subtle communication between rider and horse.
However, more intensive chewing necessitates a material that is sufficiently durable despite its softness. And since a horse often has the bit in its mouth for several hours, an essential requirement was to use an FDA-compliant material with good physiological compatibility.
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