The Beris Ported Butterfly Flip Bit combines butterfly flip cheeks, which offer varying degrees of pressure depending on the position of the reins, with a ported mouthpiece to allow space for the horse's tongue.
This bit fits the horse's mouth anatomically so it sits in the perfect position. The flattened area on the port allows plenty of space for the horse's tongue. As a result, many horses respond with increased relaxation and chewing.
This bit is often suitable for horses that won't tolerate tongue pressure and react by headshaking.
This bit is also a good choice for those that tend to put their tongue over the bit. The port helps to prevent this be removing the central tongue pressure.
The soft mouthpiece is make from a supple, flexible material, which is pleasant in the horse's mouth yet has a steel core for safety. This bit is often useful for horses with a very soft mouth who don't like complicated mouthpieces.
The hard mouthpiece is made from a firm and non-flexible material that remains pleasant in the horse's mouth. It is often suitable for stronger horses or those that lean, as a less cumbersome alternative to vulcanite.
The Butterfly Flip functions as both a direct action bit and a leverage bit depending on the position of the reins.
If the rein is attached to the top hook, it works as a direct action bit, exerting the same amount of pressure on the mouth as it felt through the reins. If the rein is attached to the bottom hook, it works as a leverage bit, tilting the mouthpiece forward and applying pressure to the mouth, curb and poll.
A curb strap can be added to the upper ring to add chin pressure while reducing poll pressure, helping to sit the horse up more into the fence.
Beris bits are available in 13cm or 14cm with a hard or a soft mouthpiece.