The Neue Schule Verbindend 16mm Loose Ring Bit is legal for use dressage competition. Gently shaped with a lozenge center, the mouthpiece helps create a channel for the tongue, which encourages the horse to soften and relax through the jaw, and which normally helps stop tongue evasions. The Verbindend greatly emphasizes rein aids and may assist in establishing a lighter, softer way of going. It has a 16mm Salox® mouth and 70mm stainless steel rings. Neue Schule bits offer high performance and superior comfort for all horses in any discipline and at every level. Created for enlightened riders, all the inspired bit designs feature mouthpieces made of Salox® Gold, a high copper alloy specifically formulated to rapidly reach and maintain the temperature of a horse’s mouth, encouraging softness and relaxed acceptance. This attractive metal has anti-tarnishing properties to maintain its luxurious look. Driven by the needs of the horse and rider, the “new school” bit design philosophy involves the creation of ergonomic mouthpieces that are engineered using the latest CAD technologies for exceptional comfort and effective communication.