02-10-2012, 08:21 PM
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I have two of them. Both are handmade. One has a smooth snaffle mouthpiece and the other has a Mullen mouth. The bar goes under the chin and has a lot more curve to it in both of mine. The rein attachments are just like mine.
I have used mine mostly on cutters and reined cowhorses that want to take their cow forward too much (feed out) in their herd work. When I used to use either of them, I put a piece of rope over the nose as well and it was hooked to the crown of the bridle with a piece of leather string. It was not real tight so the rope and chin bar did not keep the horse from licking, chewing and opening his mouth enough to take and drop the bit.
It has a very quick 'grab' and a very quick 'release' so as a horse works a cow you do not stay on it long enough to make a horse lift his head. You bump him with it and he learns to stay back off his cow.
It has a real funny Spanish name I can't remember. It is a very comfortable bit for a horse to carry. Again, like a lot of other specialty bits, it is as severe as the rider's hands are. I never used it on green horses that needed more help and more contact. I only used it on horses that knew their job, worked low and on a loose rein and just needed a 'bump' now and then.