Loose Ring Snaffle

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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.

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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Loose Ring Snaffle
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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trish
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@Nicky: We would recommend the happy tongue loose ring bit. This bit reduces tongue pressure and is very soft. The sweet iron encourages salivation thus making it easily accepted by the horses and hence is one of our most successful bits.

However, in time you may find that you will need to progress to either the control plate or the elliptical loose ring.

trish
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@Liz: We would recommend the happy tongue loose ring bit. This bit reduces tongue pressure and is very soft. The sweet iron encourages salivation thus making it easily accepted by the horses and hence is one of our most successful bits.

You are doing the right thing by removing the noseband as this simply adds more pressure.

Nicky
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We have a 3½ year old Friesian stallion which we are using a loose ring snaffle on at the moment and the trainer says he does get a bit strong at times. Would you recommend this bit for him? I would like something gentle for him as he is still a baby and he doesn’t get silly strong only a bit excited. I was thinking maybe a double jointed snaffle or something like that to minimise the nutcracker effect?

Liz
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We have a 5 year old Boerperd cross Friesian gelding in a loose ring snaffle bit and whenever we put the bridle on him he chews the bit like crazy and gapes his mouth open the whole time as if trying to push the bit out. I have removed the noseband of his bridle as I don’t want to tie his mouth closed when he clearly seems very unhappy about the bit. Is this a normal reaction for a horse that isn’t used to a bit because our Friesian never acted this way? Is there a very gentle bit for him to prevent him from doing this? Maybe even something that has a different taste for him to enjoy having it in his mouth?