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Description, Action and Uses of an English Loose Ring Snaffle

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Description, Action and Uses of an English Loose Ring Snaffle

A simple loose ring snaffle.

2005 K. Blocksorf

Appearance:

Loose ring snaffles can have a simple curved mouth piece or jointed like this one. The rings are attached by a simple loop at the end of the mouth piece.

Uses:

The loose ring snaffle is a commonly used bit for breaking and training.

How It Works:

The primary action is pressure on the bars of the horse's mouth, and with the jointed mouthpiece there will be some action on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

There is a chance the horse's lips could be pinched if the rings slide, or are pulled into the horse's mouth. For this reason many people prefer an eggbutt snaffle. Some loose ring snaffles have rubber protectors that sit between the horse's mouth and the bit ring.

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