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THE FULL CHEEK
The Full Cheek, as it name suggests has cheeks that extend both above and below the mouthpiece.
With a direct line of contact from the rider’s hand, through the reins to the bit with no leverage, pulley or curb action, this is a member of the Snaffle family of bitting.
The long cheeks above and below the mouthpiece help to prevent the bit from sliding through the mouth. Additionally, they act to provide directional guidance against the face and so support the rein aid. This is often useful for less experienced horses. The eggbutt sides act to help prevent any pinching.
HOW ARE YOUR FULL CHEEKS MEASURED?
Please note, that we define the cheek of the Full Cheek from the top to the bottom, as shown in the image. Standard cheeks are 6” long.
Our mouth width is the measurement of the mouth between the ring pieces and not the full length of the mouthpiece.
Remember not to have too tight of a fit. You should always leave a little room on each side for comfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Full Cheek and a Fulmer Snaffle?
The Full Cheek has no loose rings at the side as the Fulmer does. While this does mean that there is less freedom of the mouthpieces movement in relation to the sides of the bit, it is less likely to adversely rotate around as a Fulmer Snaffle might. Fulmer loops can be used with Full Cheek Snaffle but this is optional.