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    Question What is this bit/What does it do?

    http://eventingnation.com/home/will-wins-big-again.html

    Take a look at the 2nd picture in this post. I've never seen a bit like that. Can anyone tell me what it is? What does it do?



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    It is commonly called an elevator or a dutch gag. It is a leverage bit, frequently used without a curb strap. Rides have the option of how much leverage they want with the multiple rings. The big one causes the bit to basically be a snaffle while lowering the reins to the bottom rein adds more leverage and in some cases more control.

    That specific one looks like a Herm Sprenger elevator bit.



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    Looks like an elevator to me? I think the lighting in the picture is a bit funky making the rings look open?
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    I think it is the HS like another poster said.

    The rings combine on the bottom. Quite a few mouthpieces.

    http://www.bitofbritain.com/Herm_Spr.../2033-rent.htm
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    Mickie So Fine - You are right! The lighting in the picture makes it look like the big ring is open from the ring the cheek piece is attached to to the actual mouth piece. That's what got me so confused!



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    yup - Elevator. You also see these with a 3rd ring for even more leverage/adjustability. I've also heard these called a "bubble bit" before because of all the rings.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Far_North_Equestrian View Post
    I've also heard these called a "bubble bit" before because of all the rings.
    Pessoa
    bubble bit
    European elevator
    continental gag
    Dutch gag
    3/4 ring bit
    any more names?

    I tell the pony clubbers it it the bit of a thousand names!


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    Ha ha! Barrel racers call that a Wonder bit



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    The Europeans call them Universal bits, thus the HS name if you click the link above. Neue Schule makes the exact same bit, as I have one. Elevator is more of an American name, I believe.
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