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Today we're going to talk about the D ring snaffle cheek piece. This cheekpiece is actually quite versatile, despite the mistaken view that it is an "English" bit (bits don't operate any different when the saddle on the horse changes).
The long and straight bar offers a distribution of pressure along the outside of the face similar to, but to a lesser degree than, a full cheek snaffle. It also has a fixed mouthpiece, so it can stabilize for horses that can be fussy in a loose mouthpiece like that on a loose ring. The large loop of the D allows for lots of presignal as the reins lift before pressure is added to the mouth, which can be excellent for horses in training or those that tend to be anxious.
One thing that has to be watched on this bit is the corners of the D. On an ill-fitted D-ring, these corners can dig into the sides of the face and cause discomfort. That said, this cheekpiece is still a very versatile and useful option, and an excellent to any tack box.