I have one - a happy mouth version. May be made by Jack's Plastic? Perfect answer for horse who can get strong but hates to be ridden with anything less than perfect subtlety. USed it most recently on a Micklem, with the plastic hooks, so couldn't tell you whether it was the curb chain or the slight hackamore effect which made it so perfect, but we had happy horse and rider, so I'm keeping it in the list of possibilities...
What if you run the chain through the bit ring? Seems just like a Kimberwicke to me or maybe I am having a duh moment...
Kimberwickes have a purchase and a shank, bouchers only have a purchase. Without having the shank as well there is no way to exert leverage. You can convert an elevator into a curb bit by adding a curb chain, but snaffles can only be rigged into a gag/elevator type bit.
I had this exact question, but didn't post it!!! I have a lovely Apx. QH gelding who can get a bit strong. The curb chain - just hanging there - is enough to mellow him out!! Technically "useless" it may help!!!
Take a look at this Kimberwicke vs this baucher. The reins placed in the "D" of the Kimberwicke are lower than the mouthpiece, providing leverage. The reins in the baucher at the level of the mouthpiece - so tension on the reins isn't going to rotate the bit and cause curb action.
Last edited by cleozowner; Apr. 27, 2013 at 08:18 AM.
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OP, I have a kimberwicke somewhere in my bucket o' bits. It may or may not be the slotted kind, but if you want it, it's yours. I bought it for a lesson horse I had a few years ago and will probably never use (or need) it again.
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