Icelandic Long Shank French Link

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The Icelandic bits are unique in the equestrian world. The mouthpiece is attached to the shanks in such a way as to allow movement in all directions.

The special feature of the Icelandic bit is the loose chain. The chain is not fastened more than needed to make the shank angle at 90° - 100° from the mouth and it is often looser. The chain on the Icelandic bit is set so that it touches the horse only slightly or not at all when the horse is vertical flexed at the poll. If the horse moves its head upwards and against the rein the chain immediately takes effect and the horse feels an increased pressure, which in turn guides the horse to seek the position where there is no pressure and it is comfortable.

A well-educated horse will become even better when ridden with an Icelandic bit, but a badly trained horse can become even worse.

The Icelandic Long Shank is best suited to the experienced rider with soft hands.

The French Link is useful for horses that dislike the 'nutcracker' effect. The French Link figure 8 shaped lozenge rests vertically on the horse's tongue applying harsh pressure but reduces the direct pressure on the outside of the bars of the mouth.

This bit is stronger than the Control Plate and the Elliptical.

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Icelandic Long Shank French Link
Mouth Width 1 4
Bit Adjustment 2 Bit Width 3 4
MMS 5 mm + 10 mm  MMS + 15 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. For this bit add 5 mm for a loose ring cheek piece, to allow for space between the ring and the horse's lip, eliminating a possible pressure point and pinching. 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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