A curb bit is a type of bit used for riding horses that uses lever action. It includes the pelham bit and the Weymouth curb along with the traditional "curb bit" used mainly by Western riders.
Kimblewicks or "Kimberwickes" are modified curb bits, and a curb bit is used in a double bridle along with a bradoon. A curb bit is, in general, more severe than a basic snaffle bit, although there are several factors that are involved in determining a bit's severity. Liverpool bits are a type of curb bit commonly used for horses in harness.
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... design variations, the basic families of bits are defined by the way in which they use or do not use leverage ... They include Direct pressure bits without leverage Snaffle bit Uses a bit ring at the mouthpiece to apply direct pressure on the bars, tongue and corner of the mouth ... Leverage bits Curb bit A bit that uses a type of lever called a shank that puts pressure not only on the mouth, but also on the poll and chin groove ...
... horse traditionally wears a double bridle (full bridle), with both a curb bit and a bradoon ... A pelham bit is also legal for pleasure classes, though not common ... A single curb bit is used for gaited horses such as the Tennessee Walker and Missouri Fox Trotter ...
... Curbs are generally placed lower down in a horse's mouth than snaffle bits, touching the corners of the mouth, or creating a single slight wrinkle in the lips ... The lower the bit is placed, the more severe it is as the bars of the mouth get thinner and so pressure is more concentrated ... The curb chain should be adjusted correctly, lying flat against the chin groove and only coming into action against the jaw when the shank is rotated, but not so loose that the ...
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