The Snaffle Bit is the most common type of bit, and features a mouthpiece with a ring on either side. This ancient design has not changed massively for thousands of years - the first Snaffle Bit was used in 1400 B.C. It is defined by the ability to apply direct pressure without a shank. The mouthpiece pushes against the tongue and bars of the mouth as well as the lips. Snaffle Bits, like most other bits, can vary in severity; whilst many are mild, some can be extremely harsh and painful in the wrong hands.