This beautiful bit has D rings and two joints in the mouthpiece. The copper conchos in the middle of the Ds are for decoration. The tiny quarter moon shaped piece in the mouthpiece has a copper inlay.
This D-ring snaffle would not be used for every day riding but would be used in the show ring. This one was sold as a “Futurity Snaffle” and was intended for use in specific types of horse show classes.
How it Works:
This snaffle bit applies pressure to points in the horse’s mouth. The quarter moon provides relief over the tongue similar to a low port. The copper inlay triggers saliva flow in the horse’s mouth for increased sensitivity. The nutcracker effect is somewhat different that a single jointed mouthpiece. There would be less pressure on the tongue and palate.
From the collection of Rose Danko, Coates Creek Stables