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EthanQ 03-14-2013 08:43 PM

More Bit Questions-Shank Rings

I am researching bits and their functioning, and I am a tad confused on these types of shanks.
The ring right by the mouthpiece; what is its purpose?
Is it a place to put the reins and use the mouthpiece without leverage?

stevenson 03-14-2013 08:59 PM

the higher and longer the shanks, the harsher the bit. the center ring is the mildest and puts less pressure on the horse. place the bit in your hand, balance it, ties something to the rings at the bottom of the shank and at the center. then pull , you should feel the difference, now imagine this in your mouth pressing on your gums and tongue. the shank at the top the longer the shank the more pressure on the poll. Hope this helps some.

stevenson 03-14-2013 09:00 PM

the wide port mouth piece is nice

COWCHICK77 03-14-2013 09:18 PM

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Those styles can also change the balance of the bit by the weight of the "rings" next to the bars.(as does the sweep in the shanks) So rather than that bit hanging a little more straight up, with the rings it creates a little weight behind the shanks allowing for more signal before the pull and allowing a horse with a more horizontal rather than vertical headset find the balance or neutral spot in the bit.

EthanQ 03-14-2013 09:24 PM

So, if you snap the reins to the center rings, it will be similar to a snaffle with a solid mouthpiece, such as a mullen mouth with a low port?

COWCHICK77 03-14-2013 09:36 PM

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^^^ never used one like that.
If I needed a snaffle I used a snaffle, or needed a short shanked bit I used a short shanked bit :)

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