This Beris bit combines butterfly flip cheeks, which offer varying degrees of pressure depending on the position of the reins, with a butterfly mouthpiece.
The Butterfly mouthpiece gives the bit additional tongue pressures, working on a reward scheme by reverting to the more comfortable position once the pressure from the rein is released.
The Butterfly Flip functions as both a direct action bit and a leverage bit depending on the position of the reins.
If the rein is attached to the top hook, it works as a direct action bit, exerting the same amount of pressure on the mouth as it felt through the reins. If the rein is attached to the bottom hook, it works as a leverage bit, tilting the mouthpiece forward and applying pressure to the mouth, curb and poll.
A curb strap can be added to the upper ring to add chin pressure while reducing poll pressure, helping to sit the horse up more into the fence.
Soft or Hard?
The soft mouthpiece is make from a supple, flexible material, which is pleasant in the horse's mouth yet has a steel core for safety. This bit is often useful for horses with a very soft mouth who don't like complicated mouthpieces.
The hard mouthpiece is made from a firm and non-flexible material that remains pleasant in the horse's mouth. It is often suitable for stronger horses or those that lean, as a less cumbersome alternative to vulcanite.
The Beris Butterfly Mouth Butterfly Flip bit is available in 13cm or 14cm with a hard or a soft mouthpiece.