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post #1 of 4 Old 03-26-2013, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Curb bits?

Hi guys,
I'm kinda new to the world of curb bits, and I'd basically like to gain as much knowledge on them as possible!
Anyways, my gelding is now almost 5, and he is doing very good in regards to training. Ive ridden him completely bitless before, and he has never had trouble with turning him. My hands have always been soft on him. I was considering switching to a western curb for the upcoming show season, and I was wondering how many of you western people use them? What type/style would you
consider the 'kindest' for their mouth, or is there one? I
aware that any bit (or hackamore) can be harmful in the
wrong hands, but I would just like to gain insight on these bits before consulting with my trainer.
Thanks in advance! :)
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-26-2013, 06:08 PM
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I have this one and it's worked really well for my mare:

Western NP Med Arch Short Double Rein Bit -

Short shanks so the leverage is mild, the shanks swivel so I can pick up one rein alone or the other if I need to, the mouthiece is solid so there's not "too much" going on - no internal moving parts for the horse to adjust to while he/she is adjusting to poll pressure+leverage, and it's mildly ported so it has some room for the tongue but not "too much."

My mare had never been in a curb before this bit (at 26 years old! haha) and she thought absolutely nothing of the switch from a snaffle to this. I moved her up to it hoping for a little more finesse and I got exactly that. A little bit more finesse with my cues but my mare was not overwhelmed, which happens easily.

The other real "bonus" I see about this bit is that it can be used with two sets of reins during the transition period. The top reins would be more like "snaffle" reins while the bottom reins would be curb reins.

I've also seen this one recommended:

Western SS Low Port Futurity Bit -

Very similar to the bit I posted first but a bit less solid.

I think either would be very acceptable choices! :)

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

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Thank you for the info- I'll look at both bits now! Anyone else?
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