A neat well made soft mouthed Combination from Trust Equestrian. Comes with allen key so adjustments can be made to the mouthpiece.
We are finding that the Trust flexible mouthpiece seems to react to the bit rubbers causing a brown staining.
A Hackamore works by pressure on the nose through a leverage. The pressure on the nose depends on the length of the sides. A hackamore is basically a tool for riding bitless, but can also be used in combination with a snaffle. A hackamore can be quite sharp because of the leverage and the pressure on the nose and chin. If a curb chain is used, the Hackamore is even sharper.
It is very important that the noseband of the hackamore is placed correctly. The hackamore is not suitable for inexperienced riders or horses.
Description rubber/plastic bit:
A rubber bit can be flexible, but also can contain a hard core. The flexible rubber bit has a steel wire running through it, so the bit can not break. The flexible bit is softer. Black rubber has the disadvantage that if a horse has a drier mouth, the bit gets hot by friction and then can burn on the tongue. When a horse produces enough saliva, a rubber bit is the softer variant of a metal bit. The plastic variant (Beris, Happy Mouth) is smoother and doesn’t have this problem.
Features straight / unjointed mouthpiece:
A unjointed bit/straight bit often works sharper than a single or double jointed mouthpiece. The shape of the mouthpiece determines the pressure in the mouth. A straight mouth piece with tongue port gives more pressure on the layers and keeps the tongue free. The straighter and thicker the mouthpiece, the more pressure on the tongue.