Ideal for horses that need encouragement with turning.
Fixed ring to the mouthpiece on a swivel joint, and two arms extending above and below the mouthpiece.
The main purpose of this bit is to exert lateral pressure on the horse’s mouth. When one side of the bit is pulled whilst turning, the opposite side presses against a broad section of the lips and cheeks. This can be particularly useful with horses that are having difficulty learning to respond properly to direct rein pressure, and can sometimes help correct horses who tip their heads trying to evade direct rein pressure.
A full cheek snaffle is also useful when rein aids may be the main way to communicate lateral cues, such as when driving, riding side saddle, or in para-equestrian.
Bits with a flexible mouthpiece can be used for all horses/ponies. They have proven to be more suited to the young and more sensitive.
The plastic is FDA approved, which means that the material is non-toxic and contains no plasticisers. Although Plastic these bits are very sturdy due to the use of it's flexible stainless steel core.
Often considered to be a mild alternative. Using pressure on the tongue instead of the more sensitive bars.
For that reason the mullen mouth is not typically a bit that will aid in any lateral flexion. More often suited to those who pleasure ride, young horses, after dental work or sensitive mouthed horses.
Because of the lack of joint, there is no possible nutcracker or pinching effect in the mouth. making it a milder option for horses with sensitive palates.
The combination of a softer material in the mouth with it's curved shape, allows the pressure on the bit to be distributed more evenly in the mouth.
The jointed action allows the rider to put pressure on one side of the mouth more than the other, and hence have better control over the lateral flexion of the horse.
With the single jointed snaffle, there is a certain amount of nutcracker action that can occur with greater pressure on the reins. This pinches the tongue. Horse's with a low palate (or a larger tongue) can also put pressure on the roof of the mouth, causing discomfort and possibly leading to resistance by opening the mouth. This action is accentuated by thinner bits, and can be alleviated somewhat by a shaped mouthpiece or a double jointed snaffle.
Available in Stainless Steel/Plastic in 5", 5.5" or 6".
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.
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