Photo on left shows a bit called a Trainer's Snaffle bit. Or a Tom Thumb Trainer Snaffle. This is quite a popular bit in these parts.
Photo at top shows another Tom Thumb Trainer's snaffle with a simple jointed mouthpiece. They are sometimes also referred to as a shanked snaffle.
"A What?" You say... A shanked snaffle is a common confusing term.
Is it a snaffle? Or is it?
Which type is it? Really?
"Will the real snaffle bit please stand up!!!"
Here's your quiz..... Are those bits really snaffles like they claim to be?
Remember... a snaffle does not use leverage. So a snaffle does not have shanks as shanks are used for leverage.
Have you guessed it yet?
"And the answer is:"
They are curbs bits.
A snaffle does not have shanks or use the leverage priniciple.
These bits have shanks.
Don't be fooled by the name.
Just because the bit normally has a simple jointed mouthpiece (like on a common snaffle) it is not a snaffle. The mouthpiece has nothing to do with it.
Good.... I'm glad we got that out of the way! :)
Next article we'll talk about the materials used.
Questions and comments are always welcome.
If you want to discuss or want clarity on any other bits, please contact me.
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