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The mouthpiece is attached to the shanks in such a way as to allow movement in all directions. The chain is kept loose so the shank can move through angle 90° – 100°. If the horse moves its head upwards and against the rein, the chain takes effect.
A well-educated horse will become even better when ridden with an Icelandic bit, but a badly trained horse can become even worse.
The Icelandic Short Shank is a good introduction to the Icelandic bits, as the shorter shanks make it softer and more forgiving than the long shank version.
Supplied with stainless steel curb chain and hooks.