Curb & Training

A basic Western curb bit has a gently ported mouthpiece and shanks to which the reins attach. As the rider takes a feel of the reins, more leverage is exerted on the horse's mouth and also on the poll (where the bridle goes over the head, behind the ears). By increasing the amount of port on the mouthpiece, pressure is applied to the roof of the mouth also. Since Western horses are ridden on a loose rein, the longer shank allows the rider to utilize the leverage by giving extremely light rein aids and attaining the same result as a rider using a snaffle on a firmer contact. In the English curb bit the port can also vary in severity. In general the shanks on English bits are shorter than on Western bits - four to five inches on an English bit as opposed to up to eight or nine inches on a Western one. The English curb bit is often used in a double bridle. In the double bridle, two bits are actually used. One is the curb, called the Weymouth and one is the snaffle, called the Bridoon. Both of these bits are used together to refine the aids in the higher levels of dressage competition.

Argentine 3-Piece Bit w/Copper Inlay & 6 Shanks

285294
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Bit Master Sweet Iron Snaffle with Loose Shank

280154
5" mouth
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Black/Copper Medium Training Bit w/Port

284007
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Black Satin Flat Cavalry Bit

285497
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Black Steel Snaffle Mouth with Copper Inlay

285249
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Black Steel Snaffle Mouth w/Copper Inserts

285279
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Chrome Mouth Tom Thumb Snaffle Bit

285311
5" mouth

Classic Antique Spanish Bit w/Hinged Port

285212
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Colt Bit Copper Mouth

285551

Colt Bit Stainless Steel Mouth

285550

Colt Pelham Bit with Copper Roller

282528
5" mouth
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Copper Mouth Correction Bit

281046
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Copper Mouth Pleasure Bit w/Cricket

282539
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Copper Mouth Tom Thumb Snaffle Bit

285385

Correction Bit with Copper High Port

281104
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Francois Gauthier Aluminum Correction Bit

285362
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Francois Gauthier Aluminum Correction Bit w/Copper

285363
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Francois Gauthier Futurity Bit w/Copper Roller

285378
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Francois Gauthier Hinged Port Snaffle Bit

285374
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Francois Gauthier Low-Port Hinged Futurity Bit

285377
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