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"I don't think she would run in a snaffle"

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        12-18-2011, 11:57 PM
    Understandable.....but she's not one I have to pull on.
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        12-19-2011, 12:12 AM
    Originally Posted by 1RedHorse    

    I've never had any trouble. I have to buy gag cheek headstalls bc of my mares petite head....don't come in brow bands.
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    I'm not talking about the snaffle pulling through the mouth....just the whole bridle can come off!

    With a snaffle bit, as you pull back on the reins, the bit pulls back in the mouth, which loosens the headstall on the face. You have the opposite effect with a curb, which actually tightens the headstall behind the ears when rein pressure is applied. Or they can shake the bridle right off.

    But if you have a throatlatch, it keeps the headstall from slipping over the ears.

    Read more: One ear headstall with snaffle bit - will it work?
        12-19-2011, 12:21 AM
    Yea....I've heard this before.

    Luckily I don't do alot of pulling or turning in her. Yarn works ;)
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        12-19-2011, 12:38 AM
    My gelding has ran his entire life in a one eared headstall. I've never had a problem either.

    I did have my bridle break once, but that was actually a full browbanded bridle. My friends called it my "Charmayne James Manuever" because I did the exact same thing that happened with her and Scamper, came into the alley, my stud slammed his head against a wall, knocked off a chicago screw and....Well, let's just say it wasn't our most beautiful performance.
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        12-20-2011, 06:21 PM
    ^you ran a stud? How old are you?
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        12-20-2011, 07:00 PM
    I have watched a horse walking on a loose rein suck the bit up in her mouth making the headstall rise and the whole thing just fell off... was interesting . Im not completely sure how the mare accomplished it but she did. Luckily she stopped and let her owner step off.
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        12-20-2011, 08:52 PM
    1RedHorse - I was fifteen. I ran Jester at a friend's barn because he'd never been in an alley before. There isn't a rule about it there because it wasn't actually a competition.

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