Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Unless your ultimate goal is to show in reining or some other similar discipline, then there really isn't much advantage to a longer shanked bit. However, I have to advise you to use the chain on any kind of curb bit. It doesn't have to be tight, but the chain does serve a purpose to keep the bit correctly positioned in the horse's mouth and preven the sides from getting flipped (if they are swivel shanks) upward in an extreme circumstance. So long as he responds well in what you are using, then I see no real reason to change it.
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