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Comfort Snaffle Wide Barrel
Mouth Piece (for the horse)Design: Curved mouthpiece with 1 1/8" jointed center barrel.
Function: With pressure on both reins, uses pinch and restrict with a release - restricts the tongue and collapses on the bars. Pressure is dispersed across wide center barrel as it rolls down into the tongue. Each side of the mouthpiece moves independently, allowing rider to lift one side off the tongue to the bar.
Usage/Solution for: The Myler Comfort Snaffle Wide Barrel mouthpiece is a replacement for a regular nutcracker-like Snaffle or Bristol-type mouthpiece. Not available with a traditional Snaffle, independent side movement allows the rider to lift a shoulder. Working off the tongue and bars, the MB02 works well for beginning horses learning to bend and balance.
Function: Also known as a "hanging Cheek" because the bridle attaches at the purchase, the Baucher is typically used for dressage. The fixed cheek keeps the bit suspended in the horses's mouth and prevents it from sliding around in the bridle, giving the rider more control over the mouthpiece than a traditional loose ring. However, the reins remain free to slide. When engaged, the reins will pull back on the cheekpiece and mouthpiece, as well as rotate the purchase forward slightly, creating some poll pressure. Even though it has a fixed cheek, the Baucher is till considered a direct rein action cheekpiece because there is no leverage or curb action.
1. Remove drop or flash noseband. With Combinations also remove the Caveson.
2. The bit should sit so that only 1 soft wrinkle appears in the corners of the mouth.
3. There should be about 1/2cm each side of the bit (Not too snug)
4. Bits with Hooks – the reins and cheekpieces of the bridle should pass through
the hooks on the outside of the ring so that the leather is not against the face.
5. Attaching curb chains – the curb chains for the bits with hooks sit higher than on
a double bridle, Pelham etc. (they sit roughly where the caveson would be). The
chain should be initially adjusted so that two fingers can be inserted in the space.
Some horses work better if the chain is tighter than this.
6. Combination bits – The noseband of the combination should be adjusted tight enough
so that it sits horizontal and will not drop down and affect the breathing. Care should
be taken to check this from time to time as the leather will stretch. There should be
enough slack so that the noseband will release when the rider gives the hand.