Weaver L-Shank Two Wire Bit is rated
Rated 1 out of
This bit design is harsh.
The twisted metal mouthpiece is abrasive against the horse's tongue. Every twist creates a pressure point that will dig and rub. Plus it is a thin mouth piece, concentrating that force across a smaller area.
When either rein is engaged, the single joint in the center will collapse. The joint will push upwards, poking into the horse's palate. The decreased lateral length of the bit as the joint pushes upwards will squeeze the horse's mouth. This is referred to as the "nutcracker effect" and is severe in shanked bits.
A shank this long should be used for neck reining and is not problematic by nature. However, the problems caused by the twisted wire and single joint will be multiplied as the length of the shank increases, and this one is particularly long. Direct reining in this would be incredibly painful for the horse.
A different mouthpiece on this shank would be great! The shank is swept back nicely and has a great shank-to-purchase ratio. If you want something like this, find a bit with a solid mouthpiece or two joints (lozenge- or myler-style would be ideal). I'm sure Weaver makes one and/or SmartPak sells one. And please use it for neck reining ;)
Date published: 2023-01-18
Rated 1 out of
Terribly harsh bit
This is a terribly harsh bit and should not go in a horses mouth. If you need leverage consider a French link elevator.
Date published: 2022-12-21