Fager's Marcus Sweet Iron bit is recommended for horses that can be described as follows:
- Pulls against contact but reactive to increased pressure
- Unsteady in the contact
- Tosses the head and drops below the contact
- Does not instinctively seek contact
The Marcus bit has it all: Incredibly comfortable with 100% super smooth surfaces including the joints.
These joints are specially designed to never press against the sides of the horse's palate or create uneven bar pressure. It is extremely comfortable and follows the natural contours of the tongue.
The Sweet Iron naturally oxidizes and rusts with use, thus creating a "sweet" taste which increases and encourages salivation. If you are looking for more contact, it is recommended to use a sweet iron bit as it helps encourage the horse to actively seek out the contact.
Fager mouthpieces are always designed horizontally straight: none of them have a big forward bend. This is to maintain the correct balance point in the mouth. A bit with a bigger forward bend moves the balance point forward, ultimately reducing the effectiveness of the aids.
The unique design also lends protection of the bars and fleshy parts of the mouth to prevent rubs and sores, even in the most sensitive horses.