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luvs2ridewbs
Sep. 10, 2009, 01:59 PM
Crossing over from the hunter/jumper forum, I've been watching that Jockeys show and notice alot of horses race in a bit that has a ring that goes around the horse's lower jaw (at least thats what it looks like). What is its purpose?

Laurierace
Sep. 10, 2009, 02:14 PM
It helps with steering a little bit as well as brakes. I don't use them with horses that tend to lug in or out though, I prefer a houghton bit for them.

luvs2ridewbs
Sep. 10, 2009, 02:26 PM
How does it effect steering? Does the ring apply pressure like a curb? (I'm just really curious haha. TIA)

tbracer65
Sep. 10, 2009, 02:39 PM
Here's a pic of the bit...

http://www.horsetackinternational.com/dexter-ring-racing-bit.html?zenid=b6ef0b022d640c541d38f789bc2e2878

http://www.bigdweb.com/detail.aspx?id=28219#

DickHertz
Sep. 10, 2009, 02:48 PM
2nd the notion for using a Houghton for lug outs. They're 10x better than ring bits for that purpose.

Laurierace
Sep. 10, 2009, 03:12 PM
How does it effect steering? Does the ring apply pressure like a curb? (I'm just really curious haha. TIA)

Kind of, if you pull the right rein the left side of the ring will push against the jaw.

Acertainsmile
Sep. 10, 2009, 06:27 PM
As a rider I can say a ring bit can definetley give you more control... putting a little more pressure on their tongue and jaw, and can help somewhat with steering. It also moves a bit in their mouths, hopefully diverting their attention from trying to pull your guts out.

jengersnap
Sep. 11, 2009, 10:02 AM
Love Andi's description. We've a couple who would love to pull your guts out, and not only do most jockeys not have the strength to hold them back with just a snaffle, the ones that do would be much more tired from the efforts.

This is my stallion. Rating that with a regular snaffle would be rather interesting.

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu95/Little_Pony/MattPorky.jpg

Acertainsmile
Sep. 11, 2009, 05:54 PM
He's a monster!