Originally Posted by Tayla101
How does it even work?
By the design you can see that it is not a bit for riding in.
The two side rings are fixed to the cheek pieces and a lead rope is attached to the back ring.
Te action is that when the horse rears you put pressure on the lower jaw and the tongue. The tongue will get more pressure the harder the lead is pulled because of the shape of the mouth piece.
I hate the bits with a passion because I have seen them misused so many times and have experienced the damage that can be done with them.
Also, in my experience, if a horse rears and you exert pressure on the head then they will lean against that pressure and go higher.
On more than one occasion with stroppy colts that think it is fun to rear, I have pulled on them so they do go higher and then, when at the apex of their rear I have relaxed the rope thus making them fall over (always in a deep litter barn) it often frightens them out of standing up again.