Our Newsletter to your inbox every week!
Types of Mouthpieces
- Jointed: This is a very common type. It allows direct pressure on either side of the mouth. If too much pressure is applied, a nutcracker effect can cause discomfort in the horse’s mouth.
- Twisted: A more severe bit, the twisted mouthpiece can be seen as a slow twist, single twist, or double. The curved edges create pressure points in the mouth.
- Mullen: Without a joint, this snaffle is a mild bit usually made of rubber. Pressure is distributed across the mouth.
- Dr. Bristol: The joint is a thin rectangle. The edges press into the tongue to create pressure.
- French Link: Similar to the Dr. Bristol, the French link has a rounded bone-like joint. It allows for control of each side individually, but still distributes pressure more evenly compared to a regular jointed bit.
- Roller: Known for helping horses relax in the jaw, roller snaffles have a series of pieces that spin.
- Loose Ring: A round ring that can rotate. There is a risk of pinching the horse’s cheeks.
- D-Ring: These form D-rings and offer no rotation.
- Egg Butt: The rings form the shape of eggs. There is a reduced risk of pinching.
- Full Cheek: Not easily pulled through the horse’s mouth. The full cheek is a circle with extended cheek pieces. A half cheek only has a lower cheek extension.