The Cottage Craft Liverpool Driving Bit - A straight, twisted bar mouth curb bit with circular cheek, and slotted arms. The mouthpeice slides within the circle of the upper cheek, giving some movement to the mouth. Purely a driving bit, its action is through the use of a curb chain not only the lips, tongue and bars, but also on the curb groove and poll. The degree of severity is governed by the placement of the reins - on the circular ring it forms a snaffle action; on the first slot, a mild curb and on the bottom slot a strong curb action. The rein placement is governed by the nature of the horse and how much hold it takes. The circular cheeks tend to help keep the face straight and prevents the bit being pulled through the mouth.
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