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Horse bits – all about twisted and corkscrew snaffles, for polo

June 10th, 2019

Twisted snaffles for polo

Twisted snaffles generally have square or round twists – the square twist will create more pressure points on the mouthpiece, which will make it stronger than the Round Twist.
A bit with a curved mouthpiece will distribute pressure more evenly over the tongue and bars.

Reversible Barrie Big Ring GagAn interesting hybrid is the Bombers Bits’ Barrie Reversible 3-ring (also available in a big ring, PICTURED), a fairly severe bit that has two mouthpieces, one smooth with no twists, and one with round twists.

The centre links of the two pieces are offset by 20mm, giving it a double nutcracker action, which creates more tongue and bar pressure.

It is a versatile bit that can be flipped and used either way, in careful hands.





The Bombers Bits’ Corkscrew Snaffle Big Ring Gag, for polo

The Big Ring Gag is stronger than the usual Loose Ring and Eggbutt as the ropes going through the rings create leverage, which will exert more pressure through the mouthpiece, whilst at the same time introducing more poll pressure.

The snaffle is a popular bit due to the curved mouthpiece, which distributes pressure more evenly over tongue and bars. With the offset centre link, it will reduce the nutcracker action and pressure points on the tongue.

The Corkscrew mouthpiece is a popular polo bit and is grooved to offer extra control over strong horses.

The groove in the mouthpiece causes edges that result in pressure points in the horse’s mouth.

The edges amplify pressure on the mouth, especially the bars and tongue, and also act on the lips.

This offers the rider more control than a smooth mouthpiece, and can help to prevent the horse from leaning.



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