Stockman Long Shank Colin Miles

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The Stockman Long Shank is a leverage bit, meaning that it multiplies the pressure applied by the rider.

The longer the shank, the less force is needed on the reins to provide a given amount of pressure on the mouth but the longer shank bits must rotate back further before applying pressure on the horse's mouth than shorter shanked bits. Therefore, the horse has more warning in a long shanked bit, allowing it to respond before any significant pressure is applied to its mouth, than it would in a shortershanked bit. In this way, a longer shank can allow better communication between horse and rider, without increasing severity.

The curved shank is condusive to a noseout head position when working, such as endurance, cutting and roping horses.

The Colin Miles is a great schooling bit with a 55mm centre piece creating greater tongue pressure and reducing bar pressure. The rings give the horse something to play with and help keep the horses attention on the bit.

This particular joint exerts more pressure than the Control Plate or Elliptical.

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Stockman Long Shank Colin Miles
Breed Mouth Width 1 4
Bit Adjustment 2 Bit Width 3 4
Arab 115 mm (4½") 0 mm + 10 mm  125 mm (5")
Austrailian Stock Horse 120 mm (4¾")  130 mm (5⅛")
American Quarter Horse 120 mm (4¾")  130 mm (5⅛")
Thoroughbred (15h-15.3h) 120 mm (4¾")  130 mm (5⅛")
Thoroughbred (16h+) 125 mm (5")  135 mm (5¼")
Warmblood 125 mm (5")  135 mm (5¼")
Large Warmblood 130 mm (5⅛")  140 mm (5½")
Other MMS  MMS + 10 mm
Notes:
1 The measured width of a horse's mouth (from corner to corner with no wrinkles) rounded up to the nearest 5mm. These are typical values for the breed. MMS = Measured Mouth Size. Click here for more information on measuring your horse's mouth
2 Factors to be added to the measured width of a horse's mouth to ensure the bit width is calculated correctly. This varies depending on the mouthpiece and cheekpiece of the bit. Fixed cheek pieces do not require any additional width to be added to the measured width of the horse's mouth. Add 10 mm for a single or double break bit. This is to allow the bit to follow the contour of the horse's mouth.
3 The width of the bit for a optimal fit, taking into account its components and the width of the horse's mouth. If calculating a bit width based upon a previously purchased Bomber bit, please make sure all relevant adjustments for differences in cheek and mouth pieces are adhered too.
4 Measurements in inches are approximate.

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