The Kimberwick bit is a stronger bit than a simple snaffle, but sometimes a needed choice for strong ponies, or hotter horses. It provides less leverage than a pelham due to the distance between the reins and the mouthpiece. The greater this distance the more pressure a bit will apply.
A Kimberwick bit works off of leverage pressure. As the reins are used the bit applied pressure on the bars of the mouth, the chin, and the horse's poll. It is important to use a curb strap/chain when using a bit with leverage as it will stop the amount of rotation of the bit. Read more on our Tack Tip Tuesday Blog