The Twisted Wire Buster Roller 2.5 Ring Gag from Bombers Bits offers a strong mouthpiece with a mild gag action, which can be useful for horses that require extra control for show jumping and cross-country.
The twists in the mouthpiece have edges that cause additional pressure points on the tongue and bars of the mouth, and also act on the lips. Combined with the thin mouthpiece, this offers the rider much more control than a smooth bit, and can help to prevent the horse from leaning as well as aiding in lifting the forehand. It is recommended that twisted wire bits are only used by experienced riders.
The 40mm roller link in the centre encourages the horse to play with the roller and soften to the contact, as well as increasing tongue and bar pressure. The gag cheeks act to lift the head while the roller increases pressure on the tongue if the horse becomes strong, bringing the chin in and encouraging the horse to soften as he plays with the roller.
The blue sweet iron mouthpiece oxidises easily, creating a warm, sweet taste in the horse's mouth. This encourages the horse to salivate, gently mouth the bit and relax his jaw, and can help horses who have difficulty accepting conventional metal bits.
The top ring is attached to the cheekpieces to apply poll pressure, resulting in the horse's head lowering, while the half-ring provides 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 because the half-ring softens the leverage on the mouthpiece.
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.