help me understand the different categories of bit and the situations in which they would be used?
This is what I know (I think - could be wrong on some of this!) - can you fill in the gaps?
Snaffles - basic action pulling on the bars/tongue depending on the shape. Can be a straight bar, single or double jointed. The 'usual', most mild type of bit. Would love to know which snaffles act on which part of the mouth and why each would be used (e.g. hanging cheek to give a little poll pressure thus bringing the head in/down more).
Curb bits - Uses for the different types, jointed/not, how the chain acts etc would be great...?
More severe than a basic snaffle.
Gag bits - Act on the corners of the mouth to bring the head up. There's the dutch gag and the english gag (with leather or string???), the english more severe I think. Used for....? To help with horses that buck?
Any others I don't know about?
Thanks all, looking forward to the answers