I'm Gail Johnson and I am the Bitting Specialist at HBH. I run the company along with my nephew Alex. HBH brings together the best bits across all of the wide ranges available to give the best possible choice for you and your horse. We have selected bits ranging from the lower priced stainless steel options through to the more expensive (but worth every penny) specialist metals and designs.
Working alongside Heather Hyde firstly as part of the original bit bank and then helping to build Neue Schule for over 6 years, I have broadened my bitting knowledge extensively. I'm also the proud winner of the Neue Schule Bitting Advisor of the Year two years in a row :-) As I sell brands other than Neue Schule, I am an Accredited Retailer for Myler (apparently there are only 25 Myler approved bitting specialists in the country of which I am one!) and received further training with Dale Myler to rebuild on this knowledge.
You can order whichever way is easiest for you. Ordering is completely secure and payments are made via SagePay with a credit, debit card or Amex or you can choose Paypal.If you prefer to order over the phone, simply call me, Gail, on 07789 587 302 - if I am unable to answer please leave a message and I will call you back just as soon as I can. Advice Line is open Monday to Saturday during office hours with an appropriate message giving details of my availability if I am on appointments.
All bits featured on the site are available for hire (30 day trial) as well as sale. You can choose at point of order whether you wish to buy or hire the bit. If you are not sure which bit to try, please contact Gail for advice; phone, email or the Contact Us form. You then get the bit on a 30 day trial from our HBH bit bank and if suitable, you keep it; if not, return it for a refund less our £8.00 hire charge. If you are unsure of sizing, please choose the hire option then this means that if it doesn't fit, we can still exchange it for you even though fitted for the hire fee. For further information, please see the store policies.
Occasionally, we have used bits in stock from the Horse Bit Hire Bit Bank that are offered for sale at a reduced price - please contact me if you are looking for something in particular and I will see if we have it in the Bit Bank stores.
I am in Nunthorpe in the north east and I can travel to meet you and your horse to provide an on site consultation (see the Bitting Consultation section for further info). Costings vary based on travelling distance and it is often good to arrange with a few friends, riding club etc especially if you are quite a distance from me. Here is a link to the consultation page giving more information: Bitting Consultation
Following the loss of our main man HBH Sixty Johnson who made it to 28 and a half having know him from the day he was born, there is a big horse shaped hole in my heart :-( He will always be with me in my thoughts and heart and i miss him a lot especially when it comes to decision making as he was fab at that !! I have three other horses: HBH Woody my 23 year old TB ex-racer, Daisy my 16 year old Hanoverian and Star my 17 year old ex-racing mare. They all have different mouth conformations (Star is the only one who is apparently perfect although in many other ways she is absolutely not!) and use different bits depending on the work they are doing. Star is retired due to many "special needs" but is a valued member of the herd in her own very unique way. Daisy had a terrible year with laminitis in 2019 so we don't know whether she will be back in work as yet for the next year and Woody is having the rest of the year off whilst we decide whether he is officially retired or not......he was, but then I am thinking about reconsidering.....but then I will wait to see how hes looking and feeling around February time. No riding horse here at HBH at the min soI have filled my spare stable with hay so that I don't take in another for the winter !!I may reconsider going back up to 4 horses in the summer but its not the right time as yet.
Most of our news is generally how injured the horses are it seems at the moment! Onwards and upwards to seeing how we progress over the winter and what 2020 will bring for us.