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What is the purpose of bits?
Used for control and direction
means of communication
How is communication achieved through the bit?
Pressure is created on different pressure points, stimulating a response from the horse
What are the parts of a Snaffle bit?
cheek piece (Rings)
What are the parts of a leverage/shank bit?
What is the purpose of A thin mouthpiece?
specific contact area
What is the purpose of a thicker mouthpiece?
larger surface area
What are bits made of?
What is special about copper in bits?
causes horse to salivate
What kind of pressure do snaffles provide?
Why is rust good in the mouthpiece?
encourages chewing and saliva production
What do multiple hinges allow?
What do ports do?
allow for tongue relief
can apply pressure to palate
How is leverage determined?
length of shank in comparison to length of purchase
What does the curb strap do?
apply pressure on chin groove
What is the purpose of a leverage bit?
apply pressure mainly on chin groove
With more leverage...
less time to react
small angle in shank
With less leverage...
more time to react
large angle in shank
Where is the point of balance in leverage bits?
in the bars
What are the types of bits?
How do gag bits work?
sliding action provides pressure on the poll
good for training
What are combination bits?
can be used as leverage because of the curb chain
How do hackamores work?
put pressure on nose