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post #1 of 6 Old 01-04-2011, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Curb Straps?

What is the purpose of the curb strap?

I finally decided on a simple snaffle with my headstall, but I don't know if I'll need one or not.

Here is a pic for reference. Thanks in advance for your answers!
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-04-2011, 11:08 PM
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I assume that a curb strap/chain is to be used with a shanked bit, or a bit that uses leverage. With a snaffle, I do not think you would need one.

Although I would be tempted to put it on just because the bridle doesnt look "whole"...even though it is! lol

Love the bridle!

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They can be used on snaffles to keep the bit from being pulled through the horse's mouth. They aren't necessary, just a precaution.

In shanked bits, they apply pressure under the chin when the reins are pulled back.

Very lovely bridle though!
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-05-2011, 01:33 AM
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The are just to keep the bit from sliding through the mouth if you pull on one rein hard. They are called "chin straps" . A curb strap looks the same but since it's connected to the bit just above the mouthpiece, it will put pressure on the lower jaw when the shank rotates downward as you pull the rein.

Did you get new hardware for your fance headstall? It is Purdy.
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Originally Posted by VelvetsAB View Post
Love the bridle!
Originally Posted by Poseidon View Post
Very lovely bridle though!
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It is Purdy.
Thanks for the compliments!

Tinylily, I showed the headstall to my instructor to see if he had any buckles for it (And quite honestly, I wanted to show off my "pride and joy"). He said they looked good, and they looked discolored because the buckles were made of german silver and the conchos were plated copper(?). I mentioned I needed to get a bit as well (to see what he would recommed). He walked over to where he hangs his bits and basically said, "Take your pick". With his consent, I took the snaffle pictured above. (That just made my day!)
Anyway, I'm broke right now, so once I get enough, I'm going to buy replacement buckles, as I don't want the one with the hole to break while I'm riding.

ANNND...Back to the OP:
So a curb strap and a chin strap are different? Or is it just the way you use the strap?
The rings on the bit are 3" in diameter, but I think I'll get one, just to be sure it doesn't get pulled through.

Thanks for your responses!
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I've always heard of chin strap and curb strap as being the same thing, just called different depending on its use. Now there is a difference between a curb/chin strap, and a chain. I've used both, but only on a shanked bit. The strap basically means what it says, a leather strap, the chain, is an actual chain. I personally have seen people using them on a snaffle, and I have never seen it actually be effective in keeping the bit from getting pulled into the horses mouth if you are pulling hard on one rein. I personally wouldn't use one on a snaffle, but thats just me, and I know plenty of people who do.
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