Snaffle Loose Ring Waterford Stainless Steel Bit
This bit is made of stainless steel. This bit has a multi-jointed flexible mouthpiece and loose rings. Each link, whilst being chunky and smooth to the feel, is irregular in shape; the horse finds this interesting and likeable. The action is directly onto the bars, corners and tongue and although strong - could never be termed severe. As this bit lies like a chain in the horse's mouth, it is important that this bit rather be too big than too small. Sizes: 115mm, 125mm, 135mm and 145mm
The Waterford but is a mouthpiece is made of 5-9 joints and is very flexible. Due to the many joints, the waterford has many bumps, which can act as pressure points. The idea is that the great flexibility will discourage the horse from leaning on it.
Snaffles consists of a bit mouthpiece with a ring on either side and acts with direct pressure. A bit is a snaffle because it creates direct pressure without leverage on the mouth. The snaffle bit works on several parts of the horse's mouth; the mouthpiece of the bit acts on the tongue and bars, the lips of the horse also feel pressure from both the mouthpiece and the rings. The rings also serve to act on the side of the mouth, and, depending on design, the sides of the jawbone.
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.