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French Link.

The French link has proven to be one of the most popular mouthpieces.

2 joints allows the pressure of the bit to be distributed over both the tongue and bars of the mouth. In the right hands this bit shouldn't cause any interference with the roof of the mouth. The French link uses tongue pressure to encourage the horse to go on the bit with bar and lip pressure. The french link will not act as a squeezing action like that of a single joint.

The more joints a bit has the less likely the horse is to lean as the bit becomes more mobile.

The French Link is a small flat link in the center of the mouthpiece. It lays flat to the bit, as opposed to a Dr. Bristol in which the link is at an angle to the rest of the mouthpiece.

The french link removes the nutcracker action of a single jointed snaffle and therefore may be a good choice for horses with a low palate. Instead, the mouthpiece lays flat across the tongue.

With the extra mobility within the mouthpiece, some horses that often become 'set' in a single joint or mullen-mouthed bit, may go lighter and lean less in your hand.

Please note that horses with large or sensitive tongues may have an adverse reactions to the french link because of the close contact with the tongue.


We find more often than not that majority of people look at the Waterford and are instantly put off by it's 'severe look' but generally speaking horses tend to appreciate the fluidity, bending in every direction.

It therefore usually suits a wider variety with different type of mouth conformation and is excellent for horses that lean or pull down as it gives specific pressure across the mouth where the balls are. This effect creates a head raising action and also helps inevitably with control.

This bit is a great bit for discouraging the horse from 'grabbing' between their teeth and taking hold.

Because of the amount of movement within the mouthpiece it generally promotes mouthing and salivation.

The Waterford is usually worn ¼' - ½' (6 -12 mm) longer than your traditional mouthpiece in order to curl around the lips and maximize the effect.

Single Joint.

This type of mouthpiece is over 2,000 years old and thankfully since then significant advances have been made in design.

Majority of people opt for a single jointed bit for flat-work.

It is very personal and what works for one may not work for another. We in the office find that the nutcracker action does not encourage a true contact. When a contact is taken, pressure is exerted over the outer edges of the bars and the edges of the tongue are then squeezed excessively.

That being said because of the single jointed mouthpiece, the tongue will be freer than with a double jointed mouthpiece, straight bit or waterford. A single broken mouthpiece works mainly on the layers and the sides of the tongue.

The single joint usually has a head-raising action.

Available in Stainless Steel in 4.5', 5', 5.5', 6' or 6.5'.

Please note that bits which have had the tags removed or have been in contact with the horses mouth cannot be returned for health & safety reasons.

We are one of the largest independent retailers of Lorina in the UK and a verified premium stockist giving us access to the entire range. Our sales advisors all use these products on a daily basis so are able to offer you expert advice. If you need any assistance in selecting the right item for you or your horse please don't hesitate to contact us.