Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3208196 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 28, 1965
Filing dateMar 18, 1964
Priority dateMar 18, 1964
Publication numberUS 3208196 A, US 3208196A, US-A-3208196, US3208196 A, US3208196A
InventorsDavid Ferguson
Original AssigneeDavid Ferguson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Flexible horse bit
US 3208196 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Sept. 28, 1965 D, FERGUSON 3,208,196

FLEXIBLE HORSE BIT Filed March 18, 1964 INVENTOR D l// Ff/G/JOA/ Mfg@ n7/ United States Patent O 3,208,196 FLEXBLE HORSE BIT David Ferguson, 7332 Jelerson Ave. E., Detroit, Mich. Filed Max'. 18, 1964, Ser. No. 352,7 97 2 Claims. (Cl. 54-8) This invention relates to improvements in a horse bit adapted to minimize the diameter of the part extending through the horses mouth while maintaining strength and exibility for optimum control as well as a cushioned mouthpiece for maximum comfort.

These and other objects of the invention may best be understood by the following description of a preferred embodiment of the invention with reference to the drawings wherein:

FIG. l is a plan View of the bit assembly;

FIG. 2 is an end elevation thereof taken along the line 2 2 of FIG. l;

FIG. 3 is an exploded view of the various components of the bit assembly shown in FIGS. 1 and 2;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view showing the internal construction; and

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a horses head with the bit in place.

The bit comprises a mouthpiece assembly 10, a pair of end standards 11, and a pair of ring segments 12 pivotally mounted thereon for bridle attachment. The mouthpiece assembly includes a i'lexible cable 13 of approximately ,16 diameter and of appropriate length (in the order of 41/2 to 51/2 inches) to extend through a horses mouth, a coil spring 14 having a slip-tit internal diameter relative to the cable and approximately outer diameter, together with an outer plastic case 15 having an outside diameter .of approximately 1/2". The spring 14 is preferably close Wound with pre-loading so that it tends to maintain the mouthpiece in a straight condition through the horses mouth while providing a desired degree of exibility upon the application of reining pressure, the ends being open wound to facilitate bending without binding. The plastic cover 15 provides an overall cushioned mouthpiece protecting the horses teeth and mouth against possible injury.

The end standards 11 include an inner metal pivot tube 17 and outer spacer tube 18 having alignable holes 19 for insertion 'of the cable ends suitably anchored by welding after assembly of the mouthpiece. Each of the ring segments 12 has a pair of tubular ends 20 which are preferably soldered or Welded thereto at assembly providing a freely pivoting element.

The many advantages of this bit will be understood from the above description and while a particular embodirnent has been shown and described in detail it will be understood that modifications may be resorted to Without departing from the scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.

I claim:

1. A horse bit characterized by a mouthpiece including a iiexible metal cable core, a pair of end standards having an inner pivot tube, said pivot tube having a shorter spacer tube mounted thereon, pivotal ring segments also mounted on the ends of said pivot tube projecting beyond said spacer tube, a helical metal spring cover, a resilient mouthpiece cover for said helical spring cover, said cable core having end-s projecting from said respective covers and means for anchoring said cable core ends to said end standards.

2. A horse bit as set forth in claim 1 wherein said helical spring cover includes a close-Wound portion intermediate the spacer tube elements.

References Cited bythe Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 312,397 2/85 Squier 54-7 390,567 10/88 Cahoone 54-8 480,487 8/ 92 Beckeman et al. 54-8 636,159 10/99 Metcalf 54--9 800,381 9/05 Malke 54--8 804,700 ll/05 Bethe 54-7 SAMUEL KOKEN, Primary Examiner. ALDRICH F. MEDBERY, Examiner,

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US312397 *Feb 17, 1885 Bridle-bit
US390567 *Oct 2, 1888 Bridle-bit
US480487 *Nov 30, 1891Aug 9, 1892 Bridle-bit
US636159 *Mar 24, 1899Oct 31, 1899Herbert E MetcalfBridle-bit.
US800381 *Mar 29, 1904Sep 26, 1905Frederick E R MalkeBridle-bit.
US804700 *Apr 27, 1905Nov 14, 1905August L BetheBit.
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4941312 *Jan 17, 1989Jul 17, 1990Old Sr Ralph NBridle bit
US6449930 *Jan 19, 1999Sep 17, 2002Glenice RobartPinchless bridle bit
US6834482Apr 10, 2003Dec 28, 2004Collins, Iii Thomas L.Swivel cheeked bridle bit
US6983581Oct 5, 2004Jan 10, 2006Collins Iii Thomas LSwivel cheeked bridle bit
US20050044824 *Oct 5, 2004Mar 3, 2005Collins Thomas L.Swivel cheeked bridle bit
USD748390 *Nov 12, 2013Feb 2, 2016William Lange SykesShoe decoration
WO2000043312A1 *Jan 4, 2000Jul 27, 2000David RobartPinchless bridle bit
U.S. Classification54/8
International ClassificationB68B1/06, B68B1/00
Cooperative ClassificationB68B1/06
European ClassificationB68B1/06