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JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Loose Ring

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Designed with world-renowned Australian trainer, John Patterson, to provide maximum comfort and top performance. The curved mouthpiece eliminates interference and stops bit from hitting the roof of the mouth, allowing room for the tongue. The shape also reduces the severe direct pressure on the bars of the mouth. Hand polished stainless steel.

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  • Mouthpiece Style: Snaffle
  • Cheek Style: Loose ring
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Available in 4½", 5", 5½", or 6". 18mm
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Material Stainless steel
Mouthpiece Style Snaffle
Cheek Style Loose ring
Thickness 18mm
Customizable Yes
Special Features Curved mouthpiece
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    JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Loose Ring is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 41.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stopped a lot of the fussiness My young horse was being very fussy with the bit I had him in so I tried my other horse's bit on him, which was this bit but 4.75". He seemed much happier to take up contact but it was just a bit too small for his mouth so I ordered him a 5" bit. I like the gentleness of the bit and the price is fantastic! Hopefully he'll continue working happily in this bit for years to come.
    Date published: 2016-12-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK, not so sure I bought this bit for my young filly. She did not care for it. She began flapping her lips when she wore it. I put her back in her old French loose link and she stopped flapping her lips. I am using it on an older gelding and he is fine with it. Good figure.
    Date published: 2016-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice thickness to the mouthpiece I bought this for a relatively green horse who was having bit issues. This bit has a nice thickness to the mouthpiece without being too big for a smaller mouthed horse. The bit issues have disappeared, and everyone is much happier now.
    Date published: 2016-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good bit I bought this to use with micklem bridle and I am happy to say I love it. This is a very soft, inviting, bit that doesn't fold or snap in the horses mouth and is shaped to the mouth. It has a larger circumference and therefore may not be good on smaller headed ponies but it is perfect for my OTTB. Excellent snaffle!
    Date published: 2015-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy pony Bought this a few weeks ago. Had the same one in a 1/2 size smaller but didn't fit right. Local tack store said size was hardly made and way to big/heavy for a non draft horse. Our paint rides great in this bit, when we bought her they were using a kimberwick
    Date published: 2015-06-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice bit It didn't have the bit thickness in the description and it was too thick for my horse.
    Date published: 2014-12-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for fussy mares! My fussy mare much preferred this to anything else tried. She used to resist bridling, but is quite easy now with this bit. She loves the link, and no more nutcracker motion of the single joint! It's a bit that can be used on almost any horse for flat work.
    Date published: 2014-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice useful bit at great price horse accepted this bit immediately; nice weight too
    Date published: 2013-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! My new horse has a sensitive mouth and I found this bit to be better than my normal loose ring snaffle. EXACTLY what I was looking for and great quality. Also got a free supplement sample! You go Smartpak!
    Date published: 2013-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly What I Wanted This is ideal for my horse, who needs only the gentlest of bits and has a very sensitive mouth. I knew she was used to a loose-ring with a fat oval "lozenge"-type link, and I was thrilled to find this (for such a reasonable price compared to some other ones!). I think it's even "softer" than the one she used to have because it's slightly ergonomically curved. She seems very content with it. I guessed wrong on the size, but SmartPak was great about the exchange as always.
    Date published: 2013-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Soft Bit I love using this bit on horses that need a bit about as strong as dental floss. The loose ring and the jointed mouthpiece make it a great bit for thoroughbreds with sensitive mouths or babies just getting started. If you believe, like I do, that less in your horse's mouth is the best way to go, this is a great bit. Most of my advance to a regular D-ring French-link, but this is the one I always start with.
    Date published: 2013-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful bit I had been riding my OTTB gelding in single jointed bit for 3 years. But just recently he has been throwing fits and was having a hard time schooling second level work, so my trainer suggested that we try a double jointed bit. So I order this bit and I couldn't be happier. My horse now collects even better and is so much happier about schooling second level work. All of his bad habbits have dissapered. I was worried about the thickness of the bit because I haved used thicker bits in the past, and Finn hated them. But he really loves this bit and he is much softer in the mouth and much much more responsive. This is the best bit ever!
    Date published: 2012-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice bit. Very nice bit for the price. Like the small rings.
    Date published: 2012-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good bit for OTTBs starting retraining Bought this for my OTTB because a roller bit was too distracting and a normal jointed snaffle pokes them in the roof of his mouth. Got him this bit because a similar bit was working well for my friends 5yr old and he has really changed and offers to collect and offer collection alot now. A very good deal for any new or young horse first goings.
    Date published: 2012-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from just what I expected A good, inexpensive extra bit for my new starter dressage bridle. Looks good, and the price was good!
    Date published: 2012-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bit After trying every bridle in the barn, i found this bit and thought it worth a shot. It worked wonders. For the first time i was able to bend, flex, and collect a very intelligent, but very inclined to bucking, mare. We have since moved on to curb bit of this mouth and she is doing great. I have also used it on some other horses as a way to keep their mouths fresh and ive never had an issue. Its soft and round, doesn't pinch the tongue or the cheek and is and unusual shape so its good for horses that have gotten "hard" to their normal bit. Highly recommend.
    Date published: 2011-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from just what the pony ordered Nice bit. smooth and well made. Pony is enjoying it--same bit in a smaller size as the one I use for my big horse.
    Date published: 2011-05-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't be disappointed!! Great, great bit! I purchased it after reading previous good feedback. This bit is exactly what i was looking for. Restarting a horse that has been out of work for a while. He accepted it easily and was very responsive. I do think it runs a little small. Had some issues with sizing of the oval mouth. egg butt 4 3/4" was too big. Ordered this in a 4 1/2" that was too small. The 5" was a perfect fit in the loose ring. Great return service with Smartpak as well!
    Date published: 2011-03-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Gentle Bit I bought this bit for my horse who's been ridden exclusively western all his life (he's 16). Just started riding him english just for fun and versatility. This was the bit I chose since it had good reviews and it would be very gentle on his soft mouth. It has been great! He never gave a moment's hestation when using this bit and an english rider who has ridden him with it is impressed with how fast he is picking up english and how quiet he is. Great bit and good price too! Highly recommend.
    Date published: 2011-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT bit I started out with one of these bits, and ended up purchasing a second in a larger size since the various horses I've worked with like it so well! From reschooling my gelding (converted from Western to Dressage), to schooling a very sensitive green 4 y/o, to a VERY opinionated older FEI horse... the horses have all been very comfortable in this bit. Their mouths stay nice and soft, and I don't worry about the bit having a nutcracker effect. I LOVE this bit and would definitely recommend it. The quality is excellent, it has a nice medium weight, and shines up great for show!
    Date published: 2010-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Little Bit About a Bit It fits my horse well, he enjoys its feel in his mouth. He is more relaxed and willing to work.
    Date published: 2010-09-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horse loves it I had been riding my warmblood in an expensive German made bit with a link. But he didn't seem to do as well and so I experimented with different snaffles. He wouldn't accept them and I couldn't get him to be round and supple. Decided between a French link and this bit. Bought this one and am glad I did. My horse is very happy with it, is very accepting and is eager to work. Highly recommend over the regular or French link snaffles. The price is more feasible as well.
    Date published: 2010-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My horse loves this bit I was using a normal single jointed snaffle and switched to this bit. The difference was enormous; connection and submission both improved.
    Date published: 2010-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Value This is a great everyday bit, and cheaper than most other bits of the same style! It is perfect for schooling my Training Level dressage horse. It is not overly heavy or thick.
    Date published: 2010-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bit! This is a high quality bit at an unbeatable price. It's a great dressage bit-very mild, but gets the job done. Korsteel's bits are consistently very high quality at equally affordable prices!!
    Date published: 2010-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bit at a Cheap Price I'm really glad I purchased this bit, my horse accepts it and does really well in it. I've had trouble finding a good 6" bit and so was glad to find that this one came in that size.
    Date published: 2010-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from tremendous difference in horse my horse loves this bit, it is a medium/heavy weight with no sharp edges. Very good quality and gave me an immediate improvement in connection, half halt, and ease of transitions. If your horse likes a double jointed snaffle with a center piece I would definitely consider this. Its as nice as the more expensive bits. Just make sure its not too small, also if the bit is off-center it has more tendency to pinch until it settles on the horse.
    Date published: 2009-09-05
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