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Saranda 02-15-2013 11:55 AM

What is this bit?
I was browsing through random pictures online and got confused over this -,375x360.jpg

Maybe somebody could explain, what and why is in this horses' mouth? Thanks!

tinyliny 02-15-2013 12:28 PM

that ring thingy is some kind of thing used on race horses.

that collecton of straps and rings and stuff looks pretty painful. chain on the pallette? Yikes!

Corporal 02-15-2013 12:50 PM

It's a 1/2 cheek with a ring. I've never seen them used together, or as a combination bit. I'm familiar with a 1/2 cheek as a driving bit. I'm sure it's being used to keep control on a very strong racehorse. Certainly that chain and the noseband being used to keep the horse's mouth closed, indicates this, at least to me.

unclearthur 02-15-2013 03:58 PM

The bit looks like a Dexter with half-spoon cheeks.

The rest of it is a Medieval torture device.

Muppetgirl 02-15-2013 04:04 PM

Gosh could they fit anymore tack on that horse?

That's what is commonly called a 'ring bit' in the racing world. Very very common, I always liked it when I took a horse to the races and he was wearing one in the bird can very discreetly slide their fingers over that ring and get control of a horse that's going a little maniacal while trying to drag its handler into the bushes (blush....yes that's happened to me!) or rush by the blaring brass band!!! That's not the primary purpose of the bit, but it's handy!

CowboyBob 02-16-2013 08:12 PM

I have seen some bits in my life but man, and cowboys get a bad rap on what they put in a horses mouth. :-0

SorrelHorse 02-16-2013 08:18 PM

The spoon bit by itself shouldn't be harsh.

I was told the chain on top was to release endorphins from those pressure points to calm the horse down or something. I don't know that for sure though. You see similar things in racehorse's mouths when they are being led too.

jumanji321 02-16-2013 08:18 PM

I don't have a problem with ring bits. We use them frequently at the track. The only time I ever see the chain directly on the gums is when it's a truly difficult horse. My great-great-uncle wraps his chains and doesn't put it on their gums though, he puts it over their noses.

Saranda 02-18-2013 01:54 AM

Thanks, guys, I think I get it now. Horrible, though - I really dislike how much is sometimes put in horses' mouths - and that chain!

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