Ok my Scooter hates this bit and I am going to have to get him another one but my Cash can use it ....what kind of a bit is it , and what should I try and switch to ? Oh and I think it is missing a piece ....the chin strap??
Looks like some kind of gaited horse bit. The round pieces at the end of the mouthpiece are meant to apply pressure on the side of the mouth, I suppose. The hooks are for a curb chain. It looks like a moderately severe bit, in the wrong hands.
Well, in NZ I'd call that an american gag. Strange, I know.. but most sliding gags I'd call that. Anywho, looks like the side rings are to limit the amount of sliding the mouthpiece does. When it's on a horse, the rings would lie against the mouth, not sticking into the horse (and if they are, there's something wrong because your reins shouldn't be twisting the bit like that). And it should have a curb chain on those two small hooks.