Genuine patented Aurigan bits are manufactured only by Herm Sprenger. Aurigan is a perfect mixture of materials (85% copper, 4% silicon and 11% zinc). Aurigan has high oxidation properties and provides a pleasant taste to encourage chewing activity and easy acceptance of the bit.
KK Ultra Bits were developed after extensive research at the Veterinary University in Hanover, Germany.
The results revealed some new findings: the interior volume of the mouth was less than previously thought and the palate was smaller and flatter. Therefore, the space left for a bit is quite limited. KK Ultra bits take advantage the research and of the exceptional sensitivity of the tongue by shortening the link and turning the link 45 degrees. These two changes caused the link to rest fully on the tongue without squeezing or pinching it. With the link resting fully on the tongue the sense of touch is utilized and clear instructions can be passed through the reins.
Herm Sprenger KK Ultra bits are adapted to the anatomy of the horse's mouth.
• no pressure put on the palate
• clear instructions given as the tongue's sense of touch is utilized
• made from the approved metal for horses, Aurigan
Did you know that because the tongue is so extremely sensitive it multiplies perceptions in this area dramatically? You might also recognize the feeling – if the human tongue finds a little hole in a tooth it gives the impression that there is huge gap. A horse's tongue works in much the same way, whilst eating it can even filter out small stones from food. In collaboration with SPRENGER, the Veterinary University in Hanover started a new project. They examined more than 70 horse's heads and used varying methods to take measurements.
The analysis of this information produced unexpected results:
• The interior volume of the mouth was less than had been previously thought. • The palate was both smaller and very often flatter than previously imagined.
• The space left for a bit is therefore very limited. SPRENGER used this new information for the development of the new KK-Conrad-ULTRA. The aim was to improve the bits but not make them too severe.
How can the sense of touch be stimulated to obtain the desired effect?
1. As the palate is narrower than originally assumed the lozenge in the centre was shortened (no pressure on the palate).
2. The angle of the link was turned by 45°. This ensures that when the reins are pulled the rounded link rests fully on the tongue without squeezing it.
3. The tongue's sense of touch is utilized and clear instructions are given through the reins.