Hackamore Sliding Gag bit????.
A friend purchased this bit and brings it to the barn. She was proud of the new found invention and said that the lady at the tack store told her that this bit would help the horse yield to pressure and bring the nose in. I asked for more information on why she purchased the bit and told her that I did not like the mechanical look of the bit becaused it looked too harsh. Even with a horse that I had worked with her on to bring the nose down and back up I felt like that the purchase was completely unessesary. My friend told me that the lady at the tack store said that they sell alot of these bits and that this one that she purchased was on sale. At this point what was going through my mind was... are you crazy, the reason that it was on sale was because they are trying to get rid of something that no one wants.
To describe the bit, I will try to be as detailed as possible. The bit has long shanks and the mouth piece can slide up and down the shanks. There is a nose band or hackamore piece that is also attached. One of the problems that I ran into when trying to help fit the bit is that we had to shorten up the head stall quite a bit. We were left with alot of bit showing up and hardly any head stall. After about 4-5 adjustments, the bit still looks odd. The bit kind come up almost to the eye on the horse. The last thing that I want to mention is that where the curb strap would go, ends up setting too high under the jaw.
I have included some pictures of what the bit kinda looks like. The first one shows what the shanks look like and the sliding gag part, except there might be slightly more on the bit that my friend has. The second picture shows that rope hackamore attachement and that it what it looks like on the bit that we have. There is no chain with this bit.