"Hi" is 12 years old and made $$$ for the owner in cutting (and still showing). He rides in snaffle most of the time though. I think it really depends on owner/barn/horse.
People around use curb on trails too. As long as you keep it loose at all time there is no difference with snaffle IMO. But I'd still give it a try at least from interest (I tried different things on my horses too to see how they like it, although I never used western bits, just sidepull/hackamore/different snaffles).
Okay, yeah, the owner said that she loves her bit that she uses now.. she also said that foaming at the mouth is an indication that they like their bit? I have never heard of that, is it true? Also, when they chew on the bit, it means they like it?
The owner said that she wouldnt recommend a different bit, as she loves the one she has, and she doesnt really like any others.
But, I could maybe try a snaffle sometime to see how she reacts :)
I really hope we get her!!! X)
If you want something that is going to still give you the curb action but be milder (and one hell of a lot cheaper) than the bit that you posted. You might try something like this. Tack Outlet Superstore - Quality Products At Outlet Prices - Training Snaffle
It is milder because of the shorter curved shanks and IMHO, swivel shanks are a necessity for trail riding in case you have to do a one rein stop.
However, it really wouldn't hurt her to be put back in the snaffle or ridden in a halter every now and then. Just to broaden her adaptability.
Thanks for the link :) The one I posted isnt quite the same.. but If I don't buy the bridle with her, I could get one similar and cheaper :)
I may also start english riding down the road with her, in like a couple years. But, I would slowly have to change her over, so I would use a snaffle to get her to be used to that bit as well :)
Thanks so much!
I really hope I buy Lena!! X)