Loose Ring Lock Up

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Width & Thickness

The Loose Ring allows for immediate release and relief from tongue and bar pressure. The bit is immediately reset to a neutral position in the horse's mouth.

The Lock-Up Snaffle removes the nut cracker action of a regular snaffle. It is a good choice for a horse with a sensitive tongue, as it reduces tongue pressure. Our snaffle is designed so that the underneath of the link is smooth, thus eliminating a pressure point on the tongue. Our bits are also curved so that they fit the shape of the horse's mouth.

Loose Ring Lock Up
Breed Mouth Width 1 4
Bit Adjustment 2 Bit Width 3 4
Arab 115 mm (4½") 5 mm + 5 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. 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. 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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Brooke
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I bought a bit off you and I remember you saying something like the sweet iron will eventually come off. What will this look like and after how long should it happen? Thanks

claire
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Hi Brooke, The sweet iron won't come off, the bit is made from sweet iron. The blue colouring will fade and turn to grey or brown. How long this takes depends on how often the bit is used, as well as the reaction to the horse's saliva. Each horse is different, sometimes the change happens quickly, and sometimes it can take a few months. Regards, Claire@Bombers