Stockman Short Shank Barrel 30

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

The shorter the shank, the more force is needed on the reins to provide a given amount of pressure on the mouth. The shorter shank bits only need to rotate a short distance before applying pressure on the horse's mouth than longer shanked bits. Therefore, the horse has less warning in a short shanked bit.

The curved shank is condusive to a nose-out head position when working. In addition to campdrafting these bits are suitable to other disciplines including cutting and endurance.

A conventional Snaffle joint has a nut cracker action, which means it will bear pressure on the horse's bars and the tongue. The Barrel joint limits the nut cracker action and spreads the usual pressure over a larger area. When the rein is used this mouthpiece wraps across the tongue creating tongue pressure and taking pressure off the bars due to the lock up action. Please note appearances may be deceiving, this bit joint is stronger than the Elliptical as pressure is more concentrated on the tongue as this joint is smaller.

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Stockman Short Shank Barrel 30
Breed Mouth Width 1 4
Bit Adjustment 2 Bit Width 3 4
Arab 115 mm (4½") 0 mm + 5 mm  120 mm (4¾")
Austrailian Stock Horse 120 mm (4¾")  125 mm (5")
American Quarter Horse 120 mm (4¾")  125 mm (5")
Thoroughbred (15h-15.3h) 120 mm (4¾")  125 mm (5")
Thoroughbred (16h+) 125 mm (5")  130 mm (5⅛")
Warmblood 125 mm (5")  130 mm (5⅛")
Large Warmblood 130 mm (5⅛")  135 mm (5¼")
Other MMS  MMS + 5 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. For Barrel or Lock Up mouthpieces only add 5 mm as these mechanisms limit the nut cracker action.
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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