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In a different thread someone had mentioned using a, and I quote a- "recurve bit". I have never heard this term and when I had posted that I was unfamiliar I received no response except for someone else looking for the same answer. Like I said before- I either have no idea what this bit is or perhaps I do and have called it something else....

Can someone please explain?
 

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I am going to make a guess here. I think it is where the shank of the bit doesn't just curve backward, but also curves forward. So, somekind of an "S" shape to it. Often seen in Military bits.

Now, I could be totally wrong about that, and I will admit my ignorance, too. I am just more willing to make a wild guess. Did you try googling?
 

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I am going to make a guess here. I think it is where the shank of the bit doesn't just curve backward, but also curves forward. So, somekind of an "S" shape to it. Often seen in Military bits.

Now, I could be totally wrong about that, and I will admit my ignorance, too. I am just more willing to make a wild guess. Did you try googling?
I Googled "recurve bit" and did an image search, this is what came up-

This is clearly a ring bit. This came off of the KO Trading website and nothing mentioned about "recurve" in the description. Also I didn't realize that you could still buy a ring bit and people use them.. so I curious about that as well. Does anyone on here use one or know of someone who does?
 

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They're used in racing occasionally, aren't they? Seems like I've read that. Looks a little along the lines of a Chifney bit to me, as well. Could probably have a similar function....

 

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LOL! I have no idea...I am unfamiliar as what a Chifney is as well...

When I hear the term ring bit the picture below is what comes to mind.

When I was in high school I used to start colts for an old guy and remember in a shed he had milk crates full of old bits. I remember seeing a lot of the style posted in my first picture from KO Trading. He told me back in the 20's and 30's people really started experimenting and making different bits seeing what works or doesn't and why. He had some real off-the-wall homemade contraptions. But I don't remember what he said about the ring bits.
 

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Totally different kind of ring bit! What you've got is the old Spanish/Moorish style. It was a form of curb, where the ring went through the mouth and under the jaw, providing leverage pressure.



Honestly, I'm not too keen on the usage or mechanics of the ring bit you posted. This is the best I could find, but I'm not even sure they're talking about the same thing: Racehorses: Bits Commonly Used in Thoroughbred Horse Racing, Sales & Breeding « Rock and Racehorses: The Blog

A lot of these guys are advertised as racing bit, though, and I wonder if you couldn't convert your into one of them by attaching it to a regular snaffle:


Here's the Chifney in action:



It's an anti-rearing devices used for control during leading.
 

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Thank you! I just learned all kinds of new stuff!


I read through the link you posted, that was good info. My knowledge of racing is pretty limited. I was a mule jockey for a meet in Pleasanton CA on the fair circuit about 12 years ago. We rode everything(all of 4 mules) in a smooth snaffle. And because it was only for 2 weeks I don't remember a whole lot about it, just the fact that jockeying mules is scary. Needless to say my racing career was short!
LOL
 
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