Eggbutt Snaffle: This oddly named snaffle does indeed resemble the oval shape of an egg. Unlike a loose ring snaffle, the eggbutt will not rotate in a horse’s mouth; it’s fixed. Though mouthpieces may vary, the eggbutt is generally viewed as a mild to moderate snaffle.
- Several decades ago, the eggbutt was the bit of choice for show hunters.
- Horses with thin skin or sensitive mouths respond well to eggbutts, as the bit rings will not pinch or abrade the lips or corners of the mouth.
- The eggbutt’s oval shape aids somewhat in turning a horse, though not nearly to the effect of a full-cheek or D-ring.
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