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post #1 of 9 Old 05-06-2009, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Curb Strap?

Do you use a curb/chin strap with a snaffle bit? I always have (Western you know....) but I'm not sure if your suppose to??
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-06-2009, 05:37 PM
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There really isn't a point, curb straps are designed to keep the curb from tilting "up" too much, and because a snaffle can't really tilt, well.. You get the point.
I can see how if it was moderately tightened it could keep the bit rings from jingling on an oversensitive horse, and act like a flash on an english snaffle bridle, but I don't really know how effective it would be...
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I do....never heard that you couldn't.

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post #4 of 9 Old 05-06-2009, 05:56 PM
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I've used them on a snaffle bit. Mostly it works to keep the bit from pulling through the mouth. Unlike on a curb/shanked bit where it works as a pressure point in training.

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-06-2009, 06:48 PM
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I use one because Daisy plays with her bit a lot and she tends to shift it side to side sometimes. They are used differently with a curb bit, and you certainly don't need one with a snaffle.

Also, it's pink, and it matches her bridal and saddle pad. >.> Ha ha.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-06-2009, 07:17 PM
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I've never heard it called a curb strap. Here we call it a lip strap, and it's different to a curb strap/chain... But yeah, loads of stockhorse people use them. It's helps prevent the bit from pulling through the horses mouth suring tight turns or high adrenalin work, especially used in campdrafting.

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post #7 of 9 Old 05-07-2009, 06:31 PM
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I always use a chin strap with my snaffle. It prevents the bit from sliding through the mouth. I don't put it on tight, either. I don't want it against the horse, just tight enough where it prevents the bit from sliding.
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I've seen it used for training by tying the rings so that it adds pressure on the opposite side to encourage the horse to turn.
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-07-2009, 09:39 PM
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I use it on my snaffles, including my french link. I clip the reins on between the bit and the curb strap. Initially I did it to prevent the bit from pulling through he mouth on a bit of a stinker horse I had, but I have kept it up because especially with the reins in between it does help communicate better. Just another point of contact.
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