Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Kaydee, I'm not going to start an argument but a snaffle and a TT are completely different. Just because they both have a broken mouth means absolutely nothing. A snaffle bit (whether it is a full cheek, D-ring, eggbutt, or loose ring) has a 1:1 ratio. That means for every pound of pressure you apply to the reins, the horse feels one pound in his mouth. Also, snaffles are designed for direct reining. When you add shanks to any bit, it changes everything about the way it works. With your typical TT, you have, what, a 1:3 ratio? Plus instead of just applying pressure on the bars, you have added in curb pressure and poll pressure too. The reason that a one rein stop isn't as effective with a curb bit is because when you really pick up one rein, that causes the bit to twist in the horse's mouth which can cause confusion, or worse, damage. That is because curb bits are designed to be used on neck reining horses.
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