A three ring Dutch gag typically consists of four rings in total but with only three rings that you can actually attach the reins to, giving it the name. The top ring attaches to the cheek pieces of the bridle and you can attach the reins to any of the three lower rings to provide a variety of different leverage options.
Also known as a continental bit, it works by raising the bit in the horse's mouth in a similar way to a traditional gag but without the same severity. Using the reins on the lower rings significantly increases poll pressure which is why we recommend using two reins or rounding's attached to a single rein when using them. This ensures that a correct contact can be maintained on the snaffle ring without poll pressure when needed.
The rubber mouth piece softens the action of this bit and the copper lozenge encourages the horse to accept the bit and helps to reduce the nutcracker action of a single jointed bit. Can be a good choice for riders who find they need a little extra control for jumping or fast work.