Description loose ring snaffle:
A loose ring snaffle is a basic bit with round, loose bit rings. This bit is accepted by most of the horses because the mouthpiece lays independent of the bit rings. The mouthpiece can be single-, double-jointed or straight and can be made of various materials. The snaffle is soft when the mouthpiece is thick and of soft material. The bit becomes sharper when the mouthpiece gets thinner and the material harder.
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.
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.
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.