Mullen mouth: Despite the non-jointed mouthpiece, a Mullen mouth snaffle is just that: a snaffle. When designed with a pair of simple bit rings, it utilizes direct rein pressure and not leverage, so in this configuration it is not a curb bit. With its Plain Jane look, it’s a mild bit.
- The Mullen design can include some slight variations such as copper rollers.
- Many English pelhams and curb bits feature Mullen mouthpieces.
- The Mullen design exerts pressure on the horse’s tongue as well as the corners of its mouth and the bars, so that bit contact is dispersed fairly evenly.
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