Jointed Kimblewick Stainless Steel Bit
As with pelhams and weymouth bits, the bridle cheek pieces are attached by the eye at the top of the bit to produce a more direct poll action. The slotted cheeks allow the rider to alter the rein position to increase or reduce the curb action. Comes complete with double link curb chain.
Kimblewick bit commonly used in general riding and provides more control on a horse that may be a strong puller or needs slight curb action to lower its head. It is quite common to see ponies wearing these bits.
With either type of Kimblewick, the curb chain or strap prevents the bit from rotating too far in the horse’s mouth. When the reins are pulled back, the bit applies pressure to the bars of the mouth, the chin and the poll. If there is a port, there may be pressure on the roof of the mouth. Because the bit has the equivalent of very short shanks, the curb action is relatively mild.
The single-jointed mouthpiece applies pressure to the tongue, lips, and bars. Due to the V-shape of the bit when the mouthpiece is contracted, it causes a "nutcracker" action, which has a pinching effect on the bars. It also causes the joint of the bit to push into the sensitive roof of the mouth if used harshly. A single-jointed bit with a curved mouthpiece has a more "U" shape tends to decrease the pressure on the roof of the mouth.
Stainless steel bits may become dull over time, but can be cleaned and polished repeatedly without worrying about ruining the finish of the bit. Stainless steel bits are strong and will last a very long time. There's no particular flavour, so most horses won't object to the flavour of stainless steel. Stainless Steel bits also take a longer time to heat up than other bits, this has to do with the conductivity of the metal.
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