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A french link snaffle is gentler than just a regular jointed snaffle. That is because when you apply pressure on the jointed sn. it can result in a 'nutcracker' effect if not used properly. The french link is less severe and is nice for younger horses because the French link acts a play thing for their tongue and helps to teach them to soften and relax. I have nothing against jointed snaffles...mine right now is an eggbutt jointed...but I just prefer the FL for the younger less experienced horses.
 

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...There is no leverage/poll pressure with a full-cheek snaffle o_O
That's correct. Think "D" ring with cheek extensions. The use of keepers will cause a mild leverage effect.
 

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I never used keepers wtih mine. So there was never any leverage. I supposed there could be just a tiny bit if you used keepers.
 

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The keepers were not designed for leverage - lol.

Keepers should be used with the full cheek because the keepers were designed to keep the bit at the proper angle in the horses mouth - so that when the rider pulls on the reins, they wont effect the angle the bit should remain in while in the horses mouth.

The keepers keep the full cheek bit at the proper angle it was intended to be at, while in use.
 

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I don't know about babies, but I did try my younger horse in a french link when I first got him and he really didn't like it. He chewed and fussed so bad I almost couldn't stand to ride him. Got his teeth done, same thing. So, I decided to search for a new bit for him and decided to try one of the Mylers with the barrel (he seemed like he didn't have much room in his mouth and they take up less room) and all of the fussing stopped almost immediately.

Also, my older thoroughbred actually likes his regular snaffle ( I do try to ride with really soft hands and try to never pull to the point of causing the "cracker jack effect). I tried him in the french link and the Myler and he fussed about both of them. Go figure.

So, I guess the point is - you might need to see what your horse likes - they may or may not like a french link.
 

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The keepers were not designed for leverage - lol.

Keepers should be used with the full cheek because the keepers were designed to keep the bit at the proper angle in the horses mouth - so that when the rider pulls on the reins, they wont effect the angle the bit should remain in while in the horses mouth.

The keepers keep the full cheek bit at the proper angle it was intended to be at, while in use.
exactly :)
 

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The keepers were not designed for leverage - lol.

Keepers should be used with the full cheek because the keepers were designed to keep the bit at the proper angle in the horses mouth - so that when the rider pulls on the reins, they wont effect the angle the bit should remain in while in the horses mouth.

The keepers keep the full cheek bit at the proper angle it was intended to be at, while in use.
Right I know. Someone was saying something about full-cheeks and leverage. I know they don't have it.
 

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Each horse is different , I have one mare that works best in a STRAIGTH o ring, my other mare likes a contoured snaffle and my gelding is doing great in the french link. Both of the mare threw their heads and acted silly in it..

BORROW BORROW BORROW until you find one you both like ;)
 

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This is a quote from Myler bits referring to poll pressure with the use of keepers:

Design: A ring with spindle where the mouthpiece is fixed onto the ring. Spindle top is bent away from ring to prevent rubbing.
Function: Direct action - when pressure is exerted on the reins same amount of pressure is exerted on the mouth. Sends more of a direct signal than loose ring. Will not pinch or pull through mouth. When spindles are attached to the bridle cheekpiece with the use of a bit keeper the bit offers slight poll pressure. When reins are pulled back the rings tilt slightly forward and offer a subtle downward pressure on the poll.
Myler Bits follow the page down to the section dealing with full cheek snaffles.
 
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