The Bit has a 5" & 5 1/2" snaffle mouthpiece. The cheek and 'D' rings are stainless steel. The cheek rings float independent of each other and the 'D' rings, so the cheek rings will always maintain the same position relative to the side of the horse's head and can not 'twist' or dig into the side of the mouth. The reins attach to the floating 'D' rings. The cheek rings spread the pressure over a larger area around the corners of the mouth and prevent the 'pinch' that a standard 'O' ring snaffle bit produces by squeezing the lips between the bars of the jaw and the bit itself when rein pressure is applied. All bits are quality handcrafted by Reinsman Equestrian Products & Available thru local Reinsman distributors and thru Rockin S Quarter Horses.
When properly used, the result has been a more relaxed horse with increased responsiveness. This bit is for the horsemen who strive to work their horses more productively and without annoyance.
Rockin S Bits are not designed for use with any type of curb strap. We have found that the use of a curb strap can cause undesireable behaviors that vary in intensity. We strongly discourage the use of curb straps for these reasons.
The results experienced from this bit will vary depending on the individual horse No Returns. Defective bits will be replaced.
The Rockin S Raised Snaffle Bit was designed in reponse to the negative effects seen in some horses with both the two piece and three piece snaffle mouthpieces. Mark Rashid and his former assistants Kathleen Lindley and Kyya Grant brought to my attention the need to develop a mouthpiece to eliminate these problems. It was found that the two piece not only has a nutcracker effect on the bars, but the center breaking point can put pressure on the palate of certain horses when rein pressure is applied. That same rein pressure when used with the three piece will cause tongue pressure that some horses find irritating.
Mark sent me a picture of a bit he had that he thought would meet our needs. The idea behind the bit made sense, but somehow didn't seem to be enough. Kathleen, Kyya and myself met at one of Kathleen's clinics and started talking. The ideas were turned into sketches and were sent to Bob Brandon and his people at Reinsman to see what could be done. With the sketches we sent and plenty of phone calls, Bob and his crew came up with the first prototype. Now that we had something that we could see just how it would work, we made several changes. A hand full of these prototypes were put together and sent out to start determining how the horses would react.
It does make a difference as to how the bit is put on the headstall and how it goes into the mouth. Holding the bit up straight by the small headstall rings at the top and looking at the mouth piece directly from the side, there is a slight but noticeable angle that tips away from center. The bit goes into the horse's mouth with this angle toward the back of the mouth or so that it is tipping toward the rear of the mouth.
The results with the horses have been more than favorable except for one thing. Most horses seem to mouth this bit for up to an hour before settling in to a quieter frame of mind. We believe that this is caused by the feel of this bit being real different than anything they have experienced. Once they are satisfied with this new feel, they quiet down and can work with less distraction.This bit is no substitute for sound training methods, but can improve communication by decreasing the distraction that is caused by discomfort from the bit in many horses.