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post #1 of 6 Old 11-05-2011, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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A curb chain/strap related curiosity

This bit has served as the only shank bit I've extensively used, and I've always rigged the curb strap in this manner:


Without ever putting two and two together to realize that the curb is usually placed on the same ring where the headstall is attached.
I'll be switching it over now...

Curious...is this ever actually done for a purpose on these shorts of bits that have a ring in that position? Does this position deem it essentially useless? Is there anything it does other than the obvious change in leverage? Or am I possibly even overestimating what a difference it makes?


Thanks all for tolerating my silly questions..lol
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Using the curb in that position is yes, essentially useless. That is a 'transition bit' you can attach the reins to the 'snaffle' position (where you have the curb) or to the bottom rings to create curb action.
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Using the curb in that position is yes, essentially useless. That is a 'transition bit' you can attach the reins to the 'snaffle' position (where you have the curb) or to the bottom rings to create curb action.


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Yep. The Argentine snaffle is the Cowboy Pelham, so you could theoretically use roundings or two sets or reins with it, though no one does. Curb chain is useless there and the bit is not operating as it should.
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I had a feeling...I could definitely see an enormous difference today with it properly positioned...wow, years of riding like that and I never knew that... lol
Thank you guys. Glad I at least caught it eventually!
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