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post #1 of 15 Old 05-06-2014, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bit snaps does anyone use these?

I am thinking about trying them, because I swap out bits between two horses.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-06-2014, 08:39 PM
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I see them on "training headstalls" but I would not use them. I would be concerned about a horse getting something hung in the clip or have it come unclipped. I don't let my horses rub with a bridle on but it is one of those things that I am leery about after seeing cattle in feedlots get their lips hung up on gate clips just from curiosity.

And I think it looks tacky even if it is just for training/schooling at home, not at a show obviously.
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I am not a big fan of snaps on reins or headstalls. You'll get much better results from horses without them. Snaps will jiggle around and horses won't be as soft riding in a bridle with snaps as they will be in one without.
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I use them all the time on my traiing bridle with out a hint of trouble.

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I absolutely love snaps. I love them in headstalls, reins, martingales, etc. They make life so much easier for swapping out tack and quickly making changes. No fiddling with leather and buckles. No losing screws.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-07-2014, 10:19 AM
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on a training headstall, they are a great idea. I have amassed enough headstalls at this point to have one for every type of bit I own, so I don't need them.

On reins for the trail, LOVE them. I have seen accidents happen, horses end up with reins tangled around their legs, and a snap can fix the issue in no time. Without a snap you just have to pray the horse stops panicking long enough for you to undo a buckle.
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Originally Posted by BreakableRider View Post
I am not a big fan of snaps on reins or headstalls. You'll get much better results from horses without them. Snaps will jiggle around and horses won't be as soft riding in a bridle with snaps as they will be in one without.
I agree. I thought the convenience would be nice for swapping bits between horses, but I think there is too much metal-on-metal clinking which bothered the greenies who are still trying to sort out the various subtle cues. I stick to buckles or plain old water ties.
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post #9 of 15 Old 05-07-2014, 10:46 AM
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I use trigger snaps on the ends of my reins, if that is what you mean. Either it doesn't bother my horses, or my hands are bad enough that the horses don't notice the trigger snaps. I honestly haven't seen any sign they bounce around all that much anyways.

I do like some of the quick-change bridles, but not with metal ends.

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I don't like snaps on my bits. I don't think they hold the bit correctly or lay the bridle right.

But every pair of my reins have snaps. I often use different bits on my horses for different things and it is so much easier to snap on the reins I want for what I'm doing.

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