M.C. Diamond Ranch - Featured Bit
Rockin "s" Snaffle 5"
Mouth 1/2" Raised Snaffle Bit.
Rockin "s" Snaffle 5" Mouth
1/2" Raised Snaffle Bit.
Stage A RETAIL $93.99
Mark began using the original Rocking S Snaffle Bit in 2006. Almost
immediately we were struck by the positive changes that occurred in most
horses we tried it on. Horses that had previously been head tossers, bit
chompers or just “hard mouthed” suddenly became way more amenable and
easier to work with.
Still, one problem the bit was unable to address was the same problem
most traditional snaffle bits have. That is, it didn’t allow enough room
in the mouth for those horses that had low pallets or thick tongues. For
these horses, there are very few bits on the market that are of much
use, or that they are comfortable in.
I had been having some success with these types of horses with a
snaffle bit I had picked up years ago which had a relatively solid mouth
piece and a medium port for tongue relief. In mid 2007 I contacted Mark
Sulan, the fellow that came up with the original design for the Rocking
S Snaffle, and talked with him about the possibility of using his cheek
pieces on a mouthpiece similar to the mouthpiece that had been helpful
to the horses in question.
My original idea for the mouthpiece was for it to have a port for
tongue relief for thick tongued horses, and for the port to lay back in
the horse’s mouth so it wouldn’t interfere with horses with low pallets.
This idea was kicked around for a while between Mark and I and a couple
other folks. A mouthpiece was designed but quickly discarded due to too
many moving parts.
Eventually, a design was settled on, and prototypes of the bit were
built. The bit was tried on a large number of horses, some with low
pallets, some with thick tongues and some who simply seemed troubled by
having a bit in their mouth. In each case there was a notable positive
difference within minutes of the bit going in the horse’s mouth. In one
case, one of our student instructors had been riding a horse for over a
year and was unable to get the horse to settle. The mare was extremely
agitated all the time, and it didn’t matter if she was in a bit (of any
kind) a bosal, halter or whatever. We tried the prototype of the Raised
Snaffle on her and she immediately dropped her head, relaxed and went to
work as if there had never been an issue in the first place.
This is pretty typical of the response we are seeing with the vast
majority of horses we have tried the bit on to date. Differences
Snaffle bits all operate relatively the same way in a horse’s mouth.
In short, the mouthpiece usually points toward the top (roof) of the
horse’s mouth and slightly forward, toward the horse’s front teeth. When
pressure is applied to the reins, the mouthpiece “breaks”, creating a
sort of nutcracker effect in the horse’s mouth and exaggerates the
upward/forward movement of the mouthpiece.
The Rocking S Raised snaffle operates in a completely
opposite manner inside the horse’s mouth. As mentioned earlier, the
three-piece mouthpiece, is ported. It also lies back in the horse’s
mouth, toward the molars, instead of forward, toward the horse’s front
teeth. In addition the mouthpiece lies relatively flat on the tongue.
With this design, instead of the bit closing down and acting like a
nutcracker when pressure is applied to the reins, the mouthpiece
actually opens up in the horse’s mouth relieving pressure on the inside.
It seems to be this part of the design that is popular with the horse’s
we’ve tried it on. The vast majority of horses we’ve tried the bit on
are immediately softer, quieter and more willing. Another benefit we’ve
noticed is this allows the softness in the rider to come out as well.
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