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HorseChannel's Online Bit Guide: French Link Snaffle

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French link snaffle bitFrench link: Like the Dr. Bristol snaffle, the French link features a three-piece mouthpiece. But the French link is the milder of the two bits. That’s because the centerpiece of the French link is shaped, smooth, and oval or kidney bean shaped.

  • French link snaffles are available in several styles, including eggbutts and full cheeks.
  • Because the center “bean” lies comfortably flat on the horse’s tongue, it’s considered a rather mild bit and is ideal for horses with a low palate.
  • Many green or nervous horses enjoy a French link because its shape allows them to mouth or play with the bit.

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