This bit is made out of Stainless Steel with a Copper Mouthpiece
Bits with Copper Mouthpieces
Stainless steel bits can have quite a bitter taste to them which some horses dont particularly like. Copper Mouthpieces are a warmer feel to the horses mouth, those horses that do not accept stainless steel very well sometime accept the copper mouthpieces a lot better, they are renown for helping the horse to salivate and mouth the bit.
Cheltenham Eggbutt Gag Cheeks
The Cheltenham Gag has Eggbutt cheeks which are a fixed cheek bit, this may be useful for horses that are a bit unsure of the bit as it doesnt move around to much in the mouth, it should encourage the horse to stretch into the contact. An eggbutt bit would be less suitable if your horse is prone to leaning or taking hold of the bit.
This Gag looks like an ordinary jointed Eggbutt but it has two holes in the ring, vertically; one at the top and one directly underneath. This bit is used with gag cheeks, the gag cheeks thread through the holes they are normally either made out of rolled leather or cord – the leather cheeks look better but they dont slide through the cheeks as quickly as the cord ones do, which means the cord gag cheeks have a faster and clearer aid. The Cheltenham gag should be used with two reins, the first rein should be attached to the actual bit ring and then the second should be attached to the rings on the gag cheeks. The rein on the first ring should act as though a normal Eggbutt Snaffle would. But the second rein on the gag cheek has a running effect using poll pressure, lip pressure and various pressures in the mouth depending on the mouthpiece of the bit. The poll pressure encourages the horse to lower the head becoming round giving an outline and gives great help with breaks, and is normally superb used on strong horses. This bit would be useful if your horse goes on the forehand or is heavy on the front end, it should encourage your horse to lift up off the forehand and ride from the quarters.
Single Jointed Bits
The single joint puts pressure on the sides of the tongue, on the lips and on the bars due to the nutcracker. The single jointed bits also may have a head raising action so would be less suitable for your horse if they ride with a high head carriage or above the bit. Also breeds such as Irish Draughts, may have particularly large tongues, therefore having less room in the mouth for a single jointed bit as this pushes the bit nearer the roof of the mouth, also Arabs and alike may have a low palate, both of these examples may not benefit from the single jointed bits as the nutcracker action may cause brushing of the roof of the mouth.