Stubben EZ Control Dee Ring Oval Mouth Double Jointed Snaffle 4.5ins Ref: 3503-7

$69.99

Size: 4.5 ins


Stubben EZ Control Bit

The Stubben EZ Control D-Ring Bit is a great bit for horses that tend to get strong as they are corrected by a change of pressure points in the mouth. The specific shape of the D-rings bear on the outside of the mouth as a gentle correction to resistance to the direct rein while minimizing the pinching of lips and corners of the mouth. This bit functions as a snaffle with light rein pressure and as a mullen mouth as pressure is increased. No pressure on palate or nutcracker effect.

Great for strong horses. Correction to resistance to the direct rein. Minimizes pinching of lips and corners of the mouth. Functions as both a snaffle & mullen mouth. No pressure on palate. No nutcracker effect.

Oval Mouth Double Jointed Snaffle

The oval mouth double jointed snaffle is basically a variant of the French link, with a rounded lozenge instead of a flat spatula joining the two halves of the bit. The benefits are largely the same, with reduced nutcracker effect, more even pressure over the bars, and independent control over the two sides of the mouth. Some horses prefer the rounded lozenge as it perhaps encourages them to mouth the bit and obviates any thin edges that could be uncomfortable.

The lozenges are typically designed so that the eye hole of the jointed arms is open when looking at the bit straight on. This is different from the French link, in which the eyes on the spatula are in that position and the eyes of the arms are at a 90 degree angle. The former type of jointing would seem to be preferable, in that it would be less bulging against the tongue, but in practice, it probably comes down to individual preference.

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Description

Dee Ring Snaffle Bit

A dee ring snaffle bit is a compromise between an eggbutt and a full cheek snaffle.  It has vertical shanks that extend above and below the mouthpiece, and these are joined on the top and bottom by a D-shaped ring on swivel joints.  Like the eggbutt, it helps prevent pinching at the corners of the mouth, though generally without as much bulk as an eggbutt, and it provides fairly substantial lateral control through the vertical shanks, though without the dangers posed by the arms on a full cheek snaffle.

Because of this combination of control and safety, the dee ring snaffle has been popular in horse racing and jumping disciplines for a long time.

As with the eggbutt snaffle, the fixed position of the cheeks and mouthpiece mean that this bit is less mobile in the horse’s mouth, for better or worse.  In disciplines where high sensitivity is required, such as dressage, the fixed position is generally disadvantageous.  However, with horses who need extra control in high energy situations, the tradeoff is undoubtably worthwhile.  Because the shanks are longer and straighter than the sides of an eggbutt, the dee ring exerts more lateral force on the sides of the mouth, and is less able to be pulled through the mouth, thus affording more control in turning, though slightly less than with a full cheek snaffle.

With the dee rings attached at the top and bottom of these shanks, the point of rotation is somewhat further away from the mouthpiece than on an eggbutt horse bit, thus making it arguably less mobile and somewhat harsher through a slight leverage action, depending on the angle of the force applied.

Information from thebitguide.com