What does a French link bit look like?

The French Link is a small flat, peanut-shaped link in the center of the mouthpiece. It lays flat to the bit, as opposed to the Dr. Bristol in which the link is at an angle to the rest of the mouthpiece.

Is a French link stronger than a snaffle?

A french link snaffle removes the point and gives more conformability to the horses mouth (and conciquently more room in the mouth). It is no stronger or milder than a single joint but is IMO a kinder bit and one where you are more likely to get a horse with a thick toungue to relax its jaw.

Is a French link bit harsh?

Bell says the French link is “old technology”, but it is not a harsh or severe bit at all, and “it certainly does not create any excess pressure on your horse’s tongue.” In a video released on Thursday, Bell shows the differences between the French link and control plate bits.

What is the difference between a French link and a Dr Bristol?

The French Link is widely considered to be one of the mildest and most comfortable mouthpieces while the Dr. Bristol is considered to be harsh and strong. This is reflected by rules of various governing bodies, where the French Link is allowed to be used in some sports that the Dr. Bristol isn’t permitted for.

How do you tell if your bit is backwards?

Identifying the Front of Your Bit Notice that the mouthpieces are curved on either side of the joint. Fold the bit in half. If the bit goes together smoothly when bent, you have it facing the right direction. If the bit will not go together, you have it backwards.

What are the most gentle horse bits?

My Top 5 Softest bits!

  • Neue Schule Turtle Tactio Snaffle. The CLOSEST thing to bitless!
  • Trust Inno-sense Port Mouth Snaffle. RELAX the jaw!
  • Bombers Elliptical Dressage Loose Ring Bridoon. Gentle tongue pressure, ergonomic design!
  • Neue Schule Tranz Angled Eggbutt Snaffle 8023E.
  • Nathe Standard Snaffle Bit 1786.