Tack shop - Kimblewick Bit guide

ArticleHow to - Tack and EquipmentThursday 24 June 2010
Kimblewick Bit Information
Horse bits can be categorised into four main families: simple snaffles; pelhams and kimblewicks; double bridles; the gag horse bit
The kimblewick is used in general riding, and gives more curb action to horses that pull too much, or need their head lowered. Ponies also wear these bits for horses.
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Appearance of the Kimblewick Bit
The mouthpiece of these horse bits end at the top of the ‘D’ shaped rings. Kimblewicks can be made with a straight or jointed mouthpiece, or a straight mouthpiece that has an inverted ‘U’ in the centre, known as a port. The chain or curb strap are attached with a small ring.
The kimblewick bit can also be described as a curb or leverage horse bit. More leverage is applied as the reins slide down the D ring. Uxeter Kimblewicks use slots to attach the reins. The curb straps or chain stop the horse bit from turning round too much in the mouth of the horse. As soon as the reins are pulled on, these horse bits put pressure on the mouth bars, chin and poll. If the bit has a port, there will probably be pressure on the mouth’s roof.
Other Info
The kimblewick bit is not used as much as the other types of bits for horses, and are not allowed in certain horse shows. They are commonly thought of as an unconventional choice; however they are particularly suited to certain horse disciplines and sports.
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