The Gag Bit has a 5" twisted wire mouth with 6 1/2" cheeks. Gag bits are popular with barrel racers and other riders who need to elevate the front of their horse. They work on the tongue, bars, lips, and corners of the mouth. These gag bits have cheeks with rings that allow the mouthpiece to slide up and down the cheeks when pressure is applied and released from the shanks.
Cheeks refers to the sides of the bit, it includes both the purchase and the shank. The purchase is the part of the bit above the mouthpiece. A short purchase allows the bit to act quicker in a horse's mouth when the reins are pulled. With a longer purchase the bit is slower to react. The shank is the part of the bit located below the mouthpiece, it gives the rider leverage on the mouthpiece. The shorter the shank, the less control; the longer the shank, the more control the rider has.
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