Like the cheltenham and balding gags, it is recommended to be used with two reins. The second running rein causes a tipping effect of the bit whilst moving the mouthpiece back to the edge of the mouth. This means a stronger effect on the lip, upper bar as well as the tongue. Useful to improve the outline and add additional brakes, working well for horses that tend to lean on the bit, fall on the forehand or need to reach a higher collection.
In addition the Nelson Gag has full cheeks combined to give much better steering and direction, making it a very popular bit for showjumping.
Soft very supple and pleasant in the mouth with a flexible steel core giving high security, particularly for sensitive or young horse
Hard/firm - the material is firm and no-flexible whilst very pleasant in the mouth, for very strong or horses that lean. A less cumbersome alternative to Vulcanite.