The Cottage Craft Cambridge Mouth Kimblewick - A Pelham with a difference as it uses only a single rein attached to the large D cheek. With the hands held normally the action is that of a snaffle and with them held low, or with adoption of a running martingale, the action is that of a curb. The true Kimblewick has a Cambridge mouth - a low port and a plain mouthpiece. The cheeks are hinged and do not slide, it acts on the lips, tongue, bars and owing to the curb chain, the chin groove and poll. Unlike most Pelhams whose action gets confused, the Kimblewick does not. A strong bit, but one of the best and useful of Pelhams in the hands of a rider who knows what they are using. Also known as the Spanish Jumping bit.
measure a bit:
A bit should fit your horse’s mouth so that the mouthpiece extends approximately 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) beyond the horse’s lips on either side, but not so tight that the horse might be pinched by any movable cheek pieces. You also don’t want a great length of bit hanging out of the horse’s mouth. The different parts of the mouthpieces on bits are made to sit on specific areas of the mouth. So for the bit to be effective, the bit needs to contact those areas properly. You also don’t want the bit pulling through the horse’s mouth when you pull on a rein. Measure an old bit you know already fits. Use a tape measure to measure from the inside of each cheek piece or ring .Use a piece of string about 12” (30cm) long. Tie a knot about 2 inches (5cm) in. Put it through your horse’s mouth, with the knot against the lips on one side. Mark the opposite side with a marker or little piece of tape