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Snaffle Sweet Iron Copper Elliptical Link Bit

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This snaffle has loose rings and a central, rounded, egg-shaped copper elliptical link. Most horses readily accept this bit and are more comfortable in their mouths. The sweet iron covering on the bit encourages the horse to salivate and helps to soften the mouth. Sizes 5 and 5.5inch
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This snaffle has loose rings and a central, rounded, egg-shaped copper elliptical link. Most horses readily accept this bit and are more comfortable in their mouths. The sweet iron covering on the bit encourages the horse to salivate and helps to soften the mouth. Sizes 5inch and 51/2.inch

 

Snaffles

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.

 

Double jointed

One of the mildest mouthpieces, the two joints reduces the nutcracker effect which is found in single-jointed bits, and encourage relaxation. Applies pressure to the lips, tongue, and bars of the mouth.

 

Loose ring
Slides through the mouthpiece. Tends to make the horse relax his jaw and chew the bit. May pinch the corners of the horse's mouth if the holes in the mouthpiece are large, in which case a bit guard should be used. 

 

Sweet Iron

Sweet Iron bits are is generally made of a mixture of iron and copper. Sweet iron bits look rusty once 'seasoned', and it is the oxidization that is thought to taste sweet to the horse, and increase salivation. Only bit mouthpieces are made of the sweet iron, and cheeks and joints are made most commonly of stainless steel or nickel plate.

 

Copper

Bits can also be made of copper, either the whole bit, or sometimes just the mouthpiece. Copper is felt to encourage salivation, which is thought to increase the sensitivity of the horses mouth. Because the metal is softer than stainless steel, copper bits wear more quickly although this is countered by mixing in small amounts of other metals. They can also corrode. Copper bits warm up more easily than stainless steel bits, this has to do with the conductivity of the metal. Some horses may dislike the taste of a copper mouthpiece.

 

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