Bomber Bits - Action

 Understanding the points of action of the bit is essential to determining its purpose and also its severity.

Cheek pressure is useful for schooling, encouraging flexion and directing the horse
Curb pressure may be necessary to improve control, as well as to encourage the chin to tuck in. The pressure is severe due to the sensitive area of application but can be softened by distributing the pressure to other areas such as the mouth and poll. Nylon or leather straps are a softer option than a metal curb chain.
Poll pressure is applied through the bridle and will increase proportionally to the length of the bits upper shank/purchase. When applied to a horse that accepts this form of pressure it will bring the head down. Poll pressure is usually used in conjunction with other pressure points, making it more accepted.