- The side pieces of a full cheek have 2 bars on the side and therefore cannot be pulled through the mouth.
- These bars create more pressure on the horse's cheeks, which makes maneuverability easier.
- A full cheek is stable and quiet in the mouth, ideal for training young horses.
- Depending on the type, thickness and material, a full cheek is given a sharper or softer effect.
Full Cheek Loops:
- To make a full cheek even more effective, a full cheek loop can be attached to the cheek piece of the bridle on either side of the bit.
- The end of the top bar is pushed through this.
- Leverage is created by using these loops.
- Prevents the bars from getting caught under the noseband of the bridle.
- The waterford mouthpiece consists of a series of rounded links that flexibly conform to the horse's mouth, creating an even pressure distribution.
- The Waterford mouthpiece is movable in all directions making it difficult for the horse to grasp the bit.
- A Waterford mouthpiece is not suitable for inexperienced riders, with a soft hand this mouthpiece is friendly but with a hard hand the bit can be sharp.