The Eggbutt Vs the Loose Ring Snaffle

I get asked often to explain the difference between a loose ring and an eggbutt snaffle, so I thought I would get off my soap box and stop ranting, and do some explaining instead!Ok, so first some definitions and descriptions;Loose Ring SnaffleThe above picture is of a simple, single joint loose ring snaffle.  The rings are joined to the mouthpiece through bevel holes through which the rings…

The Common Problem of the OTTB with a Fussy Mouth

Probably 4 or 5 times a week I get an email or phone call from someone who is struggling with an off the track horse with an over active mouth. The symptoms can include (but are not restricted to) excessive chewing of the bit, picking it up with the molars, pulling the tongue back, putting the tongue out, putting the tongue over the bit, pulling the lips back, opening the mouth, etc.  The che…