Sweet iron will rust when it comes into contact with (air) humidity; the surface rust tastes sweet and naturally stimulates the saliva production. This will cause the horse to salivate more which in turn encourages better acceptance of the bit. The rusting process (oxidation) changes the blue colour of the TRUST-bit to a brownish-grey.
If a sweet iron bit is not used for a while, an orange-brown rust layer may develop on the mouthpiece. Simply remove this by wiping the bit with a damp cloth.
A full cheek bit is a bit of which the bit rings are extended with two small bars at the transition bit ring - mouthpiece. The sides make sure that a horse is easier to turn and that the rider can’t pull the bit through the horse’s mouth. This makes the full cheek bit useful for training young horses.
The full cheek bit lies stable and calm in the mouth.
In order to make an even more effective full cheek, two straps or loops can be placed on either side of the bit and attached to the bridle. The upper ends of the sides of the full cheek fit right into these straps. These straps ensure that the sides do not get stuck under the noseband of the horse. They give a little more leverage effect, obtained by the straps, than when they are not being used.
Features single jointed mouthpiece:
Because of the single jointed mouthpiece, the tongue will be more free than with a double jointed mouthpiece or straight bit. A single broken mouthpiece works mainly on the layers and the sides of the tongue.
Features double jointed mouthpiece:
The double-jointed mouthpiece consists of three parts. The middle section of the mouthpiece is flat on the tongue and give more pressure on the tongue than a single broken mouthpiece. The thicker the middle the more pressure on the tongue.
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.
Desciption loops for full cheek bit:
If you want to use a full cheek snaffle you can attach a small strap on both sides of the bridle. Those straps have loops on each side. The first loop goes around the cheek piece, the second loop moves over to the upper part of the full cheek.
This prevents the pins from getting stuck under the noseband. The straps also prevent the bit from tipping too far in the horse’s mouth.