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post #1 of 12 Old 07-04-2012, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Curb Strap with Snaffle

Do I have to use a curb strap with a snaffle bit?
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-04-2012, 01:19 PM
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It's called a "chin strap" when it's used with a snaffle bit. It affects NO leverage and its' only purpose is to keep the bit (if it's a loose ring) from being pulled through the horse's mouth when the rider pulls hard on one side. mostly only used in the Western set up, because there is no caveson to keep the mouth closed.
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I prefer to, it keeps the rings being pulled through the mouth. Make sure you put your chin strap in front of your reins not behind(pet peeve..LOL)

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How tight should it be?
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Fairly loose so your rings can move. I think I can usually stick a couple of fingers between the chin strap and his jaw.

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It shouldn't be tight at all, it shouldnt pull on either side and should kinda dangle. Dont get one with a chain center (pet peeve) it looks stupid.:P
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Do I have to use a curb strap with a snaffle bit?
Nope. I don't use one since I don't use loose ring snaffles. D-rings and such don't need them. Also you shouldn't need it on a horse that is pretty well trained to the snaffle because if you are hauling on the big hard enough to pull it through the mouth I would think you are doing something wrong or there are big holes in the training.

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Well either way, it is best to have one on there if you happen to need it. Might be handy and you are only out a couple of dollars or a scrap of leather to tie one on.

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If your bit fits your horse properly and you are not a "hand rider", there is no need for a curb or chin strap with a snaffle bit. A rider with good hands does not pull hard enough on the reins to pull the bit through the horse's mouth.

If your horse is opening his/her mouth, then the best route is to investigate the cause of that behaviour to change it. In the meantime, a full cheek snaffle bit may be the best option as the cheek bars give more stability and prevent the bit from being pulled through the horse's mouth. Because the bars also provide more lateral pressure to the corners of the horse's mouth, you may find that you don't need as much rein.

Ideally, the rider should be steering the horse from his/her seat and leg and using the reins only to provide boundaries that tell the horse where not to go. Many rider's aspire to be able to ride their horse's bridleless and the only way to get to that level is to ride less off the hands and more off the seat.

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Why would you not just have one on there if the situation arises?


I ride western and so I associate snaffles with green horses and starting colts. Not schooled English horses. In my case, it would happen a colt might open his mouth trying to figure out the pressure and where it is coming from. Of course later in training, if done right, the likeliness of pulling a snaffle through is rare. I would rather have it than not. And it makes your outfit look complete.
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