Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Durham, Ontario, Canada
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A loose ring snaffle was designed as a 'drag and pull' bit. You pull the reins and horse comes to you. Or you drag the rein and the horse gives to bit pressure. It is designed to teach a horse to turn or move in the direction of the pull.
Like driving horses for example. Or in riding horses, to teach a horse how to turn and give to bit pressure. That's it.
Once a horse knows how to do that then it's best to put them in a bit that will teach them more like lateral flexion etc...
You have no ability to lift a shoulder in a loose ring bit.
Perhaps the horse is telling you that he/she is ready for a different bit.
Putting my spin on things. Reinersue