Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chicagoland area, IL
I used to use a copper eggbut snaffle on my super rowdy tb, but he completely blew it off. So, for training purposes I used a kimberwick for a while... but the important part is that I used DOUBLE REINS! I can not stress this enough. What you do is ride strictly on the rein that attaches to the snaffle mouthpiece. When my horse would start getting too hyper and not listening, I would tighten up on the rein that connects to the curb chain. This usually got him to listen up real quick. As soon as he responded, I would loosen the curb rein again and ride only on the snaffle rein. This taught him to respect the snaffle more, or else the curb would come next as a reinforcement. I (and several other people at my barn agreed) believe that this is a great tactic because, because of the individual rein usage, you give the horse the chance to be good before you "haul off" on the curb chain.
* But an important reminder: if you've never ridden in a curb chain and/or double reins, GET HELP FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS. Improper use of either can result in injuring the horse's jaw severely!