Double Jointed Horse Bits April 27, 2015 09:09
Jointed Bits: Double jointed, roller & bead lozenges, and French Links.
We often have people ask us “What is the difference between the different jointed bits”?. Double jointed bits take a lot of the pressure away from the sides of the tongue as well as from the bars and cheeks of the horse. They are able to provide centralized and constant connection to the tongue without bumping or interfering with the horse’s palette. Here is the break down between the different jointed bits:
Double Jointed Lozenge Bits
Double jointed bits are softer than a single jointed snaffle. The angle of the joints is more important than you think. If angled properly, the joints will lie on the tongue at all times providing constant and even connection and communication. A well made double jointed bit will put constant pressure on the entire width of the tongue whereas a poorly made double jointed bit will put pressure on the palette instead of the tongue when the reins are activated.
Double Jointed Bits with Rollers or Beads Lozenges
Bits with rollers or bead lozenges rolling over the tongue provide gentle centralized stimulation, which encourages salivation and acceptance of the bit. Beads and rollers soften their top line (neck and back) and encourage relaxation by helpingthe horse to stay focused because of the rollers and beads moving over their tongue.
The French Link is a flat metal rectangular double joint. This link is able to pin point central tongue pressure, which alleviates pressure to the bars and corners of the mouth. This is good for horses who are sensitive in these areas.
If you have any questions about double-jointed links or other bits please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Single Jointed Bits April 6, 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.