Icelandic Short Shank Snaffle

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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 Short Shank is a good introduction to the Icelandic bits, as the shorter shanks make it softer and more forgiving than the long shank version.

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 the nutcraker action and pressure points on the tongue.

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Icelandic Short Shank Snaffle
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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