Originally Posted by wild_spot
Actually, a baucher has no leverage action because the reins do not attach lower than the mouthpiece, so they don't cause any rotation of the mouthpiece or engage the purchase. The purchase (The shanks above the mouthpiece) only serves one purpose - Keeping the bit in a specific position in the mouth and keeping it still, in that position. Many horses with nervous mouths like these bits because they are still and quiet, much like a full cheek with keepers.
Once you introduce an attachment point below the mouthpiece and a purchase above the mouthpiece, it is not longer a snaffle. This bit could be used as a snaffle by not using the hooks - But using the hooks, it becomes a mild gag (Due to the absence of a curb chain, the mouthpiece lifts in the mouths instead of rotating and putting pressure downward on the jaw, poll and chin groove).
It is a simplistic way to say it - But is is true that a snaffle is a bit without leverage.
okay, than I stand corrected... but answer this for me (cause im a little confused, because I was taught it did have levrage and work the poll) does it work the poll at all, and if so how much? And that it does have any or very slight leverage at all like an ordinary Kimberwick, or was I taught wrong on how the this bit actually works? :S
And the "d" ring with hooks, if it acts like a mild gag, than why is it still considered a snaffle - cause that's what I was told. Or is this another perfect example of people using bits, and not really knowing how they work or what they actually do in the horses mouth?
And what would be the ratio for a plan snaffle is it 1:1? Than what about the "D" ring with hooks whats that ratio? And how do you actually determine this ratio?
I think I have been mis lead whenit comes to the snaffle and curb on how they actually work and what not... please help me!!! Lol :P
Hoofprints in the Sand, This women does this all the time... and really sucks!!!