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NEW Kangaroo Weymouth Mullen Mouth Bit 6ins Ref: 4209-73

Weymouth Bit

In a double bridle arrangement, the curb or Weymouth serves to assist in achieving maximum flexion from the horse while preserving a light contact. The curb acts on several parts of the horse at once to achieve this result. In the mouth, the curb puts pressure over the tongue and bars, which can be more or less severe depending on how tight the curb chain is kept, how much of a port the mouthpiece has, and how long the shanks are (a too tight or too loose curb chain, a higher port, and longer shanks are all more severe).

The curb uses a leverage action, since it attaches to the cheek and headpieces of the bridle at a point above the mouthpiece, and the reins attach to the end of a shank (essentially a lever) a few inches below the mouthpiece. When the rein is engaged, this lever action puts some pressure on the poll of the horse through the cheek and headpiece, and on the mouth and jaw through essentially squeezing the lower jaw between the mouthpiece and the curb chain running under the jaw.

A tighter curb chain limits the amount of angle that the curb shanks can travel, thus causing less pressure to be put on the poll and jaw. However, this does mean that the action comes into play more immediately upon contacting the rein. The ideal point at which the curb chain should engage is when the cheeks are approximately at a 45 degree angle to the mouth of the horse.

In any case, it should be clear that the curb is a very sharp instrument and should be used only in the hands of those that have a very sensitive touch.

Information from thebitguide.com

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Description

Weymouth Bit

In a double bridle arrangement, the curb or Weymouth serves to assist in achieving maximum flexion from the horse while preserving a light contact. The curb acts on several parts of the horse at once to achieve this result. In the mouth, the curb puts pressure over the tongue and bars, which can be more or less severe depending on how tight the curb chain is kept, how much of a port the mouthpiece has, and how long the shanks are (a too tight or too loose curb chain, a higher port, and longer shanks are all more severe).

The curb uses a leverage action, since it attaches to the cheek and headpieces of the bridle at a point above the mouthpiece, and the reins attach to the end of a shank (essentially a lever) a few inches below the mouthpiece. When the rein is engaged, this lever action puts some pressure on the poll of the horse through the cheek and headpiece, and on the mouth and jaw through essentially squeezing the lower jaw between the mouthpiece and the curb chain running under the jaw.

A tighter curb chain limits the amount of angle that the curb shanks can travel, thus causing less pressure to be put on the poll and jaw. However, this does mean that the action comes into play more immediately upon contacting the rein. The ideal point at which the curb chain should engage is when the cheeks are approximately at a 45 degree angle to the mouth of the horse.

In any case, it should be clear that the curb is a very sharp instrument and should be used only in the hands of those that have a very sensitive touch.

Information from thebitguide.com

Size: 6 ins
Diameter: 20 mm


Mullen Mouth Snaffle

This is the only common snaffle bit that does not have any joint at all. With its slight curve, it is often considered to be a mild bit because it puts more pressure across the tongue instead of the more sensitive bars. However, for that reason it is not typically a bit that will aid in the lateral flexion of a horse’s head. Hence it is not often used in dressage, but more often as a pleasure riding bit on sensitive mouthed horses.

Because it lacks a joint, there is no possible nutcracker or pinching effect in the mouth, which also makes it milder and can be advantageous for horses with sensitive palates. These bits are frequently made from flexible materials, like rubber and plastic, which in combination with a curved shape, allows the pressure on the bit to be distributed more evenly in the mouth. There are also now differently shaped mouthpieces available, which perhaps make these bits more interesting or ergonomic for some horses.

Description

Weymouth Bit

In a double bridle arrangement, the curb or Weymouth serves to assist in achieving maximum flexion from the horse while preserving a light contact. The curb acts on several parts of the horse at once to achieve this result. In the mouth, the curb puts pressure over the tongue and bars, which can be more or less severe depending on how tight the curb chain is kept, how much of a port the mouthpiece has, and how long the shanks are (a too tight or too loose curb chain, a higher port, and longer shanks are all more severe).

The curb uses a leverage action, since it attaches to the cheek and headpieces of the bridle at a point above the mouthpiece, and the reins attach to the end of a shank (essentially a lever) a few inches below the mouthpiece. When the rein is engaged, this lever action puts some pressure on the poll of the horse through the cheek and headpiece, and on the mouth and jaw through essentially squeezing the lower jaw between the mouthpiece and the curb chain running under the jaw.

A tighter curb chain limits the amount of angle that the curb shanks can travel, thus causing less pressure to be put on the poll and jaw. However, this does mean that the action comes into play more immediately upon contacting the rein. The ideal point at which the curb chain should engage is when the cheeks are approximately at a 45 degree angle to the mouth of the horse.

In any case, it should be clear that the curb is a very sharp instrument and should be used only in the hands of those that have a very sensitive touch.

Information from thebitguide.com