Halfmoon Gag Snaffle Square Twist 135 B16

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A gag works by lifting the bit in the mouth in order to encourage the head to be raised. Often used on strong horses that like to lower their heads in order to escape the action of the bit in the mouth and get very strong.

When pressure is applied to the rein, the bit is lifted in the mouth and poll pressure is applied. The bit also rotates slightly in the mouth putting more pressure on the tongue and bars.

This is a very popular bit on the Polo field.

To be correctly used, it must be used with two reins one on the gag rein and one on the bit, only bringing the gag rein into play when needed, although most people ride on the gag rein only.

Our Snaffle is a popular bit due to the curved mouthpiece which distributes pressure more evenly over tongue and bars. With the offset centre link it will reduce nutcraker action and pressure points on the tongue.

The Square Twist will create more pressure points on the mouthpiece which will make it stronger than the Round Twist and Smooth.

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Halfmoon Gag Snaffle Square Twist 135 B16
Breed Mouth Width 1 4
Bit Adjustment 2 Bit Width 3 4
Arab 115 mm (4½") 5 mm + 10 mm  130 mm (5⅛")
Austrailian Stock Horse 120 mm (4¾")  135 mm (5¼")
American Quarter Horse 120 mm (4¾")  135 mm (5¼")
Thoroughbred (15h-15.3h) 120 mm (4¾")  135 mm (5¼")
Thoroughbred (16h+) 125 mm (5")  140 mm (5½")
Warmblood 125 mm (5")  140 mm (5½")
Large Warmblood 130 mm (5⅛")  145 mm (5¾")
Other MMS  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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