Horse Bits & Bridles : D-Ring Snaffle Horse Bits
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Horse Bits & Bridles : D-Ring Snaffle Horse Bits

October 25, 2019


We’re going to go to two other bits that also
have a good function in the way of snaffle bits. This is kind of your inexpensive starter
bit. It’s a D ring of the stainless steel variety. It has nothing uniquely featured
other than the size of the D ring. It’s a good heavy metal. I like heavier bits. It
kind of encourages the horse to want to hold that bit up in their mouth rather than gaping
the mouth and letting it fall out and hit their teeth. So by having a little heavier
bit, we’re going to ensure that the horse wants to take that bit and hold it within
their, the space allowed. We’re always trying to keep our horse’s mouths closed on the bit,
and that’s one technique that we can use. A little heavier metal, something that’s going
to ensure that the horse doesn’t want to drop or let go of it. Along the same lines, I have
another O ring. An O ring being the similar to what I said was my favorite bit. This O
ring snaffle I point out, it’s one of my student’s snaffles and we need to catch them because
they’ve got it on backwards. That’s a feature that we hadn’t pointed out yet, and we may
need to elaborate a little bit. The bit does have a contour to it. That contour says this
bit needs to be in a forward along the shape of the bars of this bridle. So in this position
it would be correct. But it was affixed to the bride in the wrong way. But we note that
it does have the copper mouth piece, that’s that same metal that encourages the salivation,
and it is an O ring that keeps the reins a little bit more secure. I would also attach
a leather curb strap to this bit to make it as effective as possible, although the leather
curb is not going to have anything to do with the performance of the bit itself.

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