I hope these pictures are good enough! Anyone know what kind of bit this is? It was my mom's when she was given her first horse 47 years ago, so it's pretty old. I started using it about 5 or 6 years ago. Before, I used a plain ole curb bit with a low port, nothing fancy. To be honest, I don't even remember why I switched. I don't remember my horse having a problem with the curb bit. He didn't seem to mind this one, either. He did really well in it actually.
Since it's so old I'm wondering if it's all "original" or if it's had some gerry-rigged repairs over the years. My mom said she couldn't really remember.
I was just curious if any of y'all knew anything about it at all. Does it look to be very harsh? Something you may not be able to tell from the pics is that the mouthpiece has a tube around it, I was told this was in case the horse tried to hold the bit in it's teeth to avoid pressure, it just held the tube and the actual mouthpiece was still free-moving.
Anything y'all might know about it would be interesting for me to hear. Thanks!