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Bit Action


Snaffle Action

  A snaffle bit is the most common type of bit used while riding horses. It consists of a straight or jointed mouthpiece with a rings on either side and acts with direct pressure. The snaffle bit creates direct pressure without leverage on the mouth and is regarded as a relatively mild bit.



Gag Action

  The gag bit works on the horse’s lips, corners of the mouth and poll simultaneously.  The pressure on the lips tends to make the horse raise its head, which is useful for a horse that tends to lean on the bit.The gag bit is normally used with two sets of reins, the gag bit gives a rider the ability to use either a standard direct action, which allows the bit to be used as a normal snaffle most of the time or a gag action used only when your horse gets strong.



Kimberwick Action

  A Kimberwick tries to combine the action of snaffle and curb into one bit using one pair of reins. The mouthpiece is typically ported, like a curb, the cheeks are D-shaped rings and hooks to attach a curb chain.

It provides a mild curb action to help to control a horse or that pulls pony (used for small children because of the control the bits provide) or which requires help from a slight curb action to encourage it to lower its head.

Kimberwick Bit Action


Pelham Action

  A Pelham has elements of both a curb bit and a snaffle bit and functions similar to a double bride, as it has double reins.A Pelham apply pressure on the bars, tongue, and lips of the horse. Pressure can be allied to the poll when the curb rein is engaged and depended on the length of the upper shank in relation to the lower shank. Pressure is also applied to the chin groove due to the curb chain.

Pelham Bit Action