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post #31 of 33 Old 01-05-2012, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans View Post
Not to be rude or snarky, but if you have all the answers, as it seems from your post, why did you ask for help? Just curious. You KNOW the horse is not hurting, you KNOW the tack ALL fits perfectly, you KNOW you are both riding identically so the horse is in NO way what are you looking for here? Just to know if the rein with a curb can be confusing? Look at the mechanism of how a curb works as opposed to a snaffle, and you may be able to answer that too.
As I was reading, I was wondering the same thing.

As asking for the canter, I always ask with the opposite leg for the lead I want. If a rein is picked up, it's the rein on the direction of the lead to assist in lifting the shoulder to encourage a correct lead depart.

If the curb has a broken mouthpiece, you can pick up and isolate the shoulder the same as you would with a snaffle. The contact is quicker and should be lighter.
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Thanks for your help everyone, I will update his progress week by week, and the curb does have a break in it so that sounds good!

I didn't want to sound like I had all the answers, just wanted to use the process of elimination. Sorry it sounded that way
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post #33 of 33 Old 01-05-2012, 03:50 PM
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It's all good, as long as you have a safe good ride and the horse is happy!

Internet communication is frustrating.. a lot of assumptions are made because there is no way to clearly communicate the tone behind the words.
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