The Single-Jointed 2.5 Ring Gag from Bombers Bits offers a mild gag action, which can be useful for horses that require a little more than a snaffle for jumping and fast work.
The top ring is attached to the cheekpieces to apply poll pressure, resulting in the horse's head lowering, while the half-ring gives leverage, causing a head raising action. When these actions are combined, it results in a gag action. The 2.5 ring, sometimes known as a Universal, is the mildest version of a ring gag as the half-ring softens the leverage on the mouthpiece.
The single-jointed mouthpiece is curved, which distributes pressure more evenly over the tongue and bars of the mouth. The offset centre link reduces the nutcracker action and pressure points on the tongue usually associated with single-jointed mouthpieces.
The blue sweet iron mouthpiece oxidises easily, creating a warm, sweet taste in the horse's mouth. This encourages mouthing, salivation and acceptance of the bit.
The reins can be attached to this bit in a number of ways to create the desired action: when attached to the big main ring it results in a hanging cheek action with poll pressure, and if attached to the bottom ring it creates a mild gag action.
Please note that the blue will fade with use.