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post #11 of 12 Old 09-27-2012, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
Shanked bits aren't evil. Some horses really prefer a curb bit, especially a mullen mouthed one with porting for tongue relief. This is the most common bit for neck reining, or at least it used to be 30 years ago.
Right! No bit is "evil" unless the hands behind it are. I had a gelding that neck reined very very well. I bought a dog-bone bit with short shanks. It was sort of like this, with more of a curve in the shank:

When I gave him to my friend, the bit went with him. It wasn't "necessary" on him... I could ride him in a snaffle. But I figured a leverage bit would be easier for him since he was always ridden one handed.

Tiny, can you maybe explain to me in better detail why (or if) using a leverage bit when neck reining instead of a snaffle is better? Does it make more sense to a horse from a pressure standpoint?

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post #12 of 12 Old 09-28-2012, 12:37 AM
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I think you're taking the right approach in re-training this horse from the ground up, and you should be able to ride in a snaffle if the only reason the shanked bit was recommended was for control.

The D-ring snaffles (single or double jointed) are seen more commonly with hunter/jumpers I believe (though they are dressage legal). Most dressage riders use loose rings.
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