Single Jointed Bits April 06, 2015 08:16
Single Jointed Bits
Single jointed bits are good for horses that tend to have a busy mouth should the opportunity arise. This can be either a horse that plays with the bit too much and/or is unresponsive with a double-jointed snaffle. Angles mean everything when it comes to these bits. A 45 degree angled, single jointed bit will put constant pressure on the tongue and avoid the outside edges of the tongue. When the angle is reduced or there is no angle on the mouthpiece, the jointed bit will cause a nutcracker effect on the palette when the reins are activated and create a sharp effect on the tongue and bars. This means if you have two bits, which look the same except for the angles, one can be very soft whereas the other can be severe.