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post #1 of 5 Old 02-19-2012, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Curb Bit or Snaffle Bit for Western?

I have a 12 year old AQH-APH-MFT-Appaloosa mix who rides ALL things western. From Western Pleasure to Roping. I currently have a curb bit, but am not giving as much effectiveness as I would like... A bunch of my friends use snaffles and they get great results. My curb bit is very heavey and I don't want it to be. Should I keep her on a curb bit or switch to a snaffle? Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-19-2012, 12:05 PM
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It's worth a shot in my opinion. Every horse is different, some horses work extremely soft in a curb but just won't carry a snaffle, try it and see what your mare prefers. :)
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I personally love my snaffle, but it depends what you want to do and how your horse responds to it..buy a cheap one and give it a try. Then, if you know he works well in it, you can buy a better one.
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Agreed, there is no reason not to give it a shot. If the snaffle doesn't work, there are quite a few people here that can offer suggestions of good curb bits of other styles than you are using now that your horse might like better.

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-19-2012, 02:25 PM
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Hi there:)
I agree, I would give snaffle a try. It's much lighter and for me, I find it gives my horses a softer mouth because it is so forgiving.
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