Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
I just don't see why people think they need such long shanks, and how they can't realize that something is very wrong when they do need it..
I'm not against curbs or different types of bits, but the effect you might want from a curb is clear enough with short shanks. If that's not enough, what's needed isn't longer shanks, but more training. A horse doesn't need force and pain to obey, it just needs clear communication and proper, consistent training. That is, unless you ask it to do something that's so stressful and painful that you need to hurt it more for not doing it, than it hurts to do it (or you need to inflict pain to get it stressed enough to do as it ''should'' (= done in gaiting, not only TWH but other gaited breeds too unfortunatly.). Or if you rather achieve your goals by inflicting unecessary pain than actually train your horse...
And that goes for all long shanked bits, not just gaited ones...
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