The Bit Dictionary - Snaffles - Part 2 of 3
 By Polo the Weirdo   •   10th Jun 2013   •   7,754 views   •   1 comments
The Bit DictionaryThe following is a list of various popular snaffles, how they work, and for what purpose they are best used. This article explored only the sides of the bits, and not the mouthpieces. The action of any bit becomes very different based on what mouthpiece is used. Read on in the next ‘Bit Dictionary’ article to find out more about what mouthpiece to select for your horse.

Full Cheek. The full cheek snaffle uses bars on either side to prevent a horse from crossing its jaw, and to apply a pushing pressure on the opposite side of the mouth, helping a horse to understand a ‘pulling’ rein aid. They are particularly useful bits for training young horses, as they help the horse to understand the turning aids.Full Cheek Snaffle Bit
Fulmer. A fulmer snaffle is much the same as the full cheek, but with the soft action and mobility of a loose ring.Fulmer Snaffle Bit
Loose Ring. A loose ring snaffle offers no pushing pressure, as the mouthpiece is loose on the ring, making it slightly softer and more flexible. These bits are, however, inclined to slide through a horse’s mouth. While this can be countered with bit rubbers, I still don’t consider a loose ring to be a good choice for a horse that is young, stiff, or tends to have difficulty bending.Loose Ring Snaffle Bit
Eggbutt and Dee Ring. These two bits are very similar. Both have fixed mouthpieces and thus apply pushing action and prevent sliding. Due to the longer sides, the Dee ring has slightly more pushing action. The Eggbutt tends to be very slightly softer as it is generally wider at the corners of the horse’s mouth than the Dee ring.Eggbutt and Dee Ring Snaffle Bit
Half Spoon. The half spoon snaffle acts similarly to the Full Cheek in applying an opposite pushing pressure, but unlike the full cheek, it does not prevent jaw crossing.Half Spoon Snaffle Bit
Hanging Cheek. The hanging cheek snaffle is the strongest snaffle available that is legal for dressage. They are a very popular choice among eventers, as event horses can typically be strong and feisty during a dressage test. The hanging cheek snaffle has an extra ring that provides leverage and poll pressure, discouraging nose poking and hollowing. It helps a horse to lower its head and work in a rounder outline.Hanging Cheek Snaffle Bit
Correct me if I'm wrong...but I believe I read somewhere that a "snaffle" is classified as a bit with no leverage....and once you add any amount of leverage it is no longer a snaffle. Is this true or what is it that makes a "snaffle" a snaffle?
  Jun 10, 2013  •  8,816 views
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