Gag Snaffle Elliptical Link 5.5"
- For strong horses that pull
- Elliptical link = reduced nutcracker action
- Removable rope runners
Severe bit with pulley/lever action. Runners form cheek pieces and reins attach to runner rings.
The gag bit works on the horse's lips and poll simultaneously. The pressure on the lips tends to make the horse raise its head, which is useful for a horse that tends to lean on the bit.
The oval elliptical link is basically a variant of the French link, with a rounded lozenge instead of a flat spatula joining the two halves of the bit. The benefits are largely the same, with reduced nutcracker action, more even pressure over the bars, and independent control over the two sides of the mouth. encourages the horse to be lighter and lean on the bit less, as there is more mobility in the mouthpiece.
Gag bits are used mainly for horses that are strong pullers or for horses that need retraining. Most commonly seen in polo, eventing (especially for cross-country), show jumping, and hacking, mainly for increased control at times where a horse may be excited or try to run off with the rider.
Removable rope runners.