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        06-17-2008, 09:19 PM
      #11
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by BackintheSaddle2
    I tried her with the curb bit yesterday and she did fantastic. I didn't have to move my hands at all. She still didn't neck rein but all I had to do was move my ring finger to ad tension to the rein and she turned in which ever direction I wanted or stopped. She did much better than with the split snaffle. I do have a couple old and rusty straight snaffle lying around. I will see if I can find a new one or fix them up. I always thought curb bits seemed a little harsh (that is probably just because I did use a hackamore on my old mare) but she seemed to do quite well with it.
    If she is good with the curb, why change? As mentioned, it is only as harsh as you set it up and use it. Is the curb chain on the loose side? Or more average?
         
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        06-17-2008, 11:03 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I tried a split snaffle on her to start and she didn't respond to it at all. To the point she wasn't reining or listening. With the curb she is responding very well, so I think I will stick with it for now. I don't know what you mean about the curb chain though? I thought the old hackamore we had was a mechanical one, but googling it, it doesn't look anything like it. It had a padded nose peice with a shank going down that the reins connected to.

    Here is a pic of it.

         
        06-18-2008, 07:56 AM
      #13
    Trained
    The curb chain is what makes a lot of the action happen with a curb bit. If it's not tight, it's not as harsh. Plus, of course, the way you use the bit.
         
        06-18-2008, 03:25 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by BackintheSaddle2
    I tried a split snaffle on her to start and she didn't respond to it at all. To the point she wasn't reining or listening. With the curb she is responding very well, so I think I will stick with it for now. I don't know what you mean about the curb chain though? I thought the old hackamore we had was a mechanical one, but googling it, it doesn't look anything like it. It had a padded nose peice with a shank going down that the reins connected to.

    Here is a pic of it.

    yeah, that's a type of mechanical hackamore.... which can be a lot worse than a curb.... I would never use one...
         

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