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.
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... The saddle seat 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 shank exceeds 45 ...
... Although there are hundreds of 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 ... 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 ...
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