Originally Posted by mildot
It looks like an odd version of a Kimblewick.
I would hang the cheek straps from the small ring and attach the reins to the small wedge shaped opening under the small ring.
The large opening definitely faces forward, otherwise the mouthpiece would be in backwards.
I guess that's how you would get the gag action to work?
odd version of a kimblewick indeed... this is a gag, a kimblewick is a curb.
Attaching the cheekpiece at the same point as the mouthpiece would provide no leverage, thus there would be no gag action- the bit would just twist. The checkpiece must be attached above the mouthpiece, and the reins must be attached below it for there to be leverage- this is true of all leverage bits. It's simple mechanics.