Wire-Wrapped Snaffle: Closely compacted bands of narrow wire are wrapped so that they lie in flat coils around the bit’s mouthpiece. A wire-wrapped snaffle should not to be confused with a plain wire or twisted-wire snaffle, both of which should be considered more severe in effect.
- Either copper or a steel-alloy can be used for the wire.
- The wrapped-wire design adds texture to the mouthpiece, so the horse “feels” the bit against its tongue and lips, thereby slightly increasing its affect.
- The wrapped wire also tends to add heft and weight, a bonus for large horses that tend to lug or hand on the bit.
- Because copper wire is comparatively soft, watch for flattened, compressed or rough edges which can occur if the horse chews or grips the bit with its teeth.
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