This Stainless Steel HBT Shank with Sweet Iron Mullen Barrel Copper Inlay Mouth is a great bit. The mouthpiece is made of polished Sweet Iron which naturally oxidizes or rusts. Harmless to horses, it has a sweet taste and promotes salivation. This bit is a good choice for the intermediate horse. It encourages the horse to break at the poll but keeps him from getting behind the bit or inverting. The Independent Side Movement allows a rider to isolate one side at a time and pick up a shoulder.
Design: The shank consists of a length of metal with two rings and a fixed mouhtpiece attachment. The mouthpiece is curved a with jointed barrel in the center.
Shanks are used for leverage and, typically, with a curb strap or chain. Depending upon the mouthpiece used, backward and upward pressure on the reins transfers into downward pressure on the poll, pressure on the curb, and forward and downward pressure on the palate. The tops, or purchases are bent away from the horse to prevent discomfort or rubbing.
Pressure on tongue and corners of the bars.
Turns solid when asking for a stop.
Independent Side Movement.