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Full Cheek Jointed Twisted Snaffle 4.75ins Ref: 2135-6

$19.99 $12.00

Size: 4.75 ins
Diameter: 19 mm


Jointed Snaffle

The single jointed snaffle is probably one of the most commonly used snaffle bits. 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.

However, 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, and on a horse with a low palate (or a high 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.

Twisted

Among the most severe types of snaffles, twisted bits are the most common in use today, particularly in hunter/jumper riding.  The degree of severity depends on how tight the twist is and how narrow the bit is.  A slow twist on a thicker bit is moderately severe, while a narrow bit with a tighter twisted wire style is quite severe.  Such bits are generally illegal in competitions and counter-productive to an educated training program.

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Description

Full Cheek or Fulmer Snaffle Bit

For horses that need help from the bit in turning, the full cheek is the most extreme type of corrective cheek piece that can commonly be found on a snaffle.  With a small ring fixed 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, as in 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.  With horses who may evade direct rein pressure by opening their mouths or otherwise making it possible for the bit to be pulled through the mouth completely, a full-cheek snaffle can prevent this problem.  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.

Information from thebitguide.com