Cheek Pieces: The Dee Ring is very similar in action to the Eggbutt, it will prevent pinching of the lips and gives a slightly more solid feel against the side of the face. It also prevents the bit being pulled through the mouth. The release is slower and some slight poll pressure is introduced.
Mouth Pieces: A conventional Snaffle joint has a nutcracker action, which means it will bear pressure on the horse's bars and the tongue. The Barrel joint limits the nutcracker action and spreads the usual pressure over a larger area. When the rein is used this mouthpiece wraps across the tongue, creating tongue pressure and taking pressure off the bars due to the lock up action. Please note, appearances may be deceiving: this bit joint is stronger than the Elliptical since pressure is more concentrated on the tongue as this joint is smaller.