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The Grazing BitGrazing bit: One of the most popular western curb bits, the grazing bit features fixed shanks that connect to a mouthpiece that usually has a mild or low port. The shanks typically bend back, often to a noticeable extent. This design modifies the leverage action so the horse tends to travel with its nose in front of the vertical.

  • Reining and cutting horses often compete in some style of grazing bit.
  • This is also a popular bit for trail horses.
  • Though its name refers to the belief that the bit’s curved shanks allow a horse to graze, a horse should not eat while wearing a bridle.

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Jack Sparrow    Somewhere in the Caribbean, CA

3/9/2011 2:20:25 PM

I've always wondered why they were called "grazing" bits...Very helpful and know i know they're perfect for my horse!! =D

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

7/9/2009 11:20:50 PM

I think my horse would disagree about the eating part.

Katie    Clarington, OH

6/26/2009 8:34:07 AM

Thanks for the info.

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