Twisted Full Cheek Snaffle
This Bombers Twisted Full Cheek Snaffle bit has a slight twist in the blue sweet iron mouthpiece, causing edges that result in pressure points in the horse's mouth - it increases pressure on the tongue and bars of the mouth, and also acts on the lips. This offers the rider more control than a smooth snaffle, and can help to prevent the horse from leaning and also aids in lifting the forehand.
The curved mouthpiece distributes pressure more evenly over the tongue and bars, while the offset centre link reduces the nutcracker action and consequent pressure points.
The blue sweet iron mouthpiece oxidises easily, creating a warm, sweet taste in the horse's mouth. This encourages salivation, gentle mouthing and acceptance of the bit.
Full cheeks can be useful for horses that are unsure of the bit, because the bit doesn't move around so much in the mouth as it would do with loose rings, therefore encouraging the horse to stretch into the contact. The full cheeks also help to prevent pinching at the sides of the mouth.
The arms of the full cheeks assist with steering, as pressure is applied to the cheek when a turning aid is given. The cheeks also ensure that the mouthpiece remains in a central position and cannot slide through the horse's mouth.
Please note that the blue will fade with use.