Sprenger KK Ultra Aurigan Liverpool Driving Bit 140mm 5.5"

A KK Ultra Sprenger bit with Aurigan mouthpiece. Very pleasant Liverpool driving bit.
Product Code: Sp - 43 172 140
Brand: Sprenger
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This is a very well accepted Liverpool driving bit having the KK Ultra Lozenge as well as the Aurigan mouthpiece. This is a two slot neat driving bit with an 18mm thick mouthpiece.

Due to the double jointed mouthpiece the bit matches the shape of the horse's mouth. The pressure disperses over the tongue-halfs, which makes it easier to give precise aids.

What is a Liverpool Driving Bit?
The Liverpool is the most commonly used driving bit. It has various degrees of severity to suit different horses in different situations. Through the use of the curb chain the Liverpool driving bit puts pressure on the curb groove. The cheek pieces are made up of a series of slots (also known as bars) which can change the severity of the curb action and the pressure on the poll by moving the reins up or down the slots. 

What is a KK Ultra?
KK Ultra bits take advantage of the exceptional sensitivity of the tongue. Did you know that because the tongue is so extremely sensitive it multiplies perceptions in this area dramatically. You might also recognise the feeling - if the human tongue finds a little hole in a tooth it gives the impression that there is a huge gap. A horse's tongue works in much the same way, whilst eating it can even filter out small stones from food. In collaboration with Sprenger, the veterinary University of Hanover started a new project. They examined more than 70 horse's heads and used varying methods to take measurements. The analysis of this information produced unexpected results:
  • the interior volume of the mouth was less than had been previously thought
  • the palate was both smaller and very often flatter than previously imagined
  • the space left for a bit is therefore very limited

What is Aurigan?
Sprenger's Aurigan metal is made up of 85% copper, 4% silicon and the remainder of zinc. It is oxidized Aurigan bits that produce the distinctive and pleasant taste horses love. This particular taste encourages horses to chew and produce saliva which leads to the rapid acceptance of the Aurigan bit. 

The extraordinary advantages of Aurigan as a material for bits has been proved by scientific research. The excellent acceptance of Aurigan in the horse's mouth has been confirmed by a long term study at the University of Hanover.

Aurigan is a special nickel-free alloy which, due to the inclusion of silicon, combines the oxidation advantages of pure copper with maximum strength. This is guaranteed by the unique formula and composition of Aurigan which exceeds the quality of the approved German silver. 

A high copper content in a bit material does not necessarily result in optimum oxidation. Aluminium and nickel ingredients actually inhibit the oxidation process of the metal in the horse's mouth - slowing down the reaction!

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