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post #1 of 4 Old 08-01-2012, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Curb Chain to prevent bucking?

My husband and I are taking a percheron on trial for a couple of weeks. I learned yesterday that his current owner uses a curb chain so that "he can't get his head low enough to buck." I've NEVER heard of a chain being used this way (I grant it was my brother's horse that bucked, mine was too lazy), is this a common thing? I've always been told to close my fingers on the reins to prevent the horse dropping his head. (I should clarify I don't know yet if the chain is used properly or improperly with a snaffle bit)
I've never used a curb chain but I think my balance is good enough that I stay off the reins and could use one.
We are taking this horse to try him out for my hubby, and DH is, despite his years of riding, a beginner and certainly shouldn't be using a curb chain.
He arrives the end of next week and I get three hubby-less days with him to sort out if hubby gets to try him at all. Any suggestions on other bit/tack I could try that would be beginner appropriate. I'm probably going to have to ride this guy bareback (he's 18 hands, ~2500 lbs) until we decide so if he really bucks, not just a "I'm not happy kick" I'm probably coming off (buy stock in Aleve). Can anybody suggest how I can quickly find those buttons and push, I'm used to have more time to evaluate and find the buttons.
He is a great driving horse and supposed to be a good saddle horse I'm just nervous that he's been ridden in inappropriate tack and that I have a very short time to evaluate him.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-01-2012, 11:42 AM
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???? Any bit with a curb chain is designed to LOWER a horse's head.

Methinks his current owner is a bit confused ;)
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well at least I'm not crazy I was starting to worry.
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I agree, sounds like the owner isn't using the equipment right at all.

Do you have acess to an enclosed area (paddock, arena, roundpen...) where you can try him out the first time? If you do, try to 'push his buttons' there, and see what kind of reaction you get from him. Ask him to change directions quickly, ask for smooth transitions, work a few circles and figure eights, ask him to back up and sidepass, etc. You should get a pretty good idea of how well he's trained by that point, just by how well he responds to your cues.

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