Description full cheek snaffle bit:
A full cheek bit is a bit whose bit rings is extended with two small bars at the transition bit ring - mouthpiece. The sides make sure that a horse is easier to turn and that the rider can’t pull the bit through the horse’s mouth. This makes the full cheek snaffle bit useful for schooling young horses. Attention: this bit is a bit sharper than a Loos ring snaffle, Eggbutt snaffle bit and D-snaffle bit.
The full cheek snaffle bit lies stable and calm in the mouth.
In order to make an even more effective full cheek, two straps or loops can be placed on either side of the bit and attached to the bridle. The upper ends of the sides of the full cheek fit right into these straps. These straps ensure that the sides do not get stuck under the noseband of the horse. They give a little more leverage effect, obtained by the straps, than when they are not being used.
Desciption loops for full cheek bit:
If you want to use a full cheek snaffle you can attach a small strap on both sides of the bridle. Those straps have loops on each side. The first loop goes around the cheek piece, the second loop moves over to the upper part of the full cheek.
This prevents the pins from getting stuck under the noseband. The straps also prevent the bit from tipping too far in the horse’s mouth.
Description gag snaffle bit:
A gag bit is often an normal snaffle, but extra eyelets are placed in and on top of the bit rings. The gag can be attached on to the bridle with a special piece of rope, called a gag rope. This rope must be placed through the eyelets in the bit rings top to bottom. At the end of the gag rope is a buckle, with that buckle the rope can be attached to the bridle. A gag rope is specially made for a gag bit. A ring is placed at the bottom of the gag rope, the rein has to be attached to that ring.
A gag bit should be used with two reins. One attached to the bit rings and the other attached to the ring of the Gag rope. By using the second rein a leverage effect is created. A gag is often used for horses who put a lot of weight in the riders hands and this bit is also used for teaching a horse to bring the head up.
This bit is not suitable for inexperienced riders and horses, as it can be pretty sharp because of the leverage.
Description gag ropes:
When a rider wants to use a gag snaffle, it can only be used in combination with a gag rope. Without this gag rope the gag snaffle functions as a normal snaffle. This cord passes through the two rings in the bit ring. At the top is a buckle to attach the cord to the bridle. At the bottom of the cord is a ring to which the rein is attached.
Features straight / unjointed mouthpiece:
A unjointed bit/straight bit often works sharper than a single or double jointed mouthpiece. The shape of the mouthpiece determines the pressure in the mouth. A straight mouth piece with tongue port gives more pressure on the layers and keeps the tongue free. The straighter and thicker the mouthpiece, the more pressure on the tongue.
Features single leather mouthpiece:
For horses that are sensitive to the layers or have an injury in the mouth leather bits are frequently used. This bit is soft. Leather has the characteristic that it is softer when wet by saliva in the mouth.
There is a leather cloth stitched around an existing bit. The Trust bits have a nylon core and are flexible so they form to the horse's mouth.