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post #1 of 19 Old 04-26-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do I have my bridle set up right?

New bit, so I have no clue how it is set up. Does it look like I have it right? I bought this entire bridle set the night I got my mare (last...November?) and put it together on my three hour drive to get her, and the owner said I had it put together correctly. But it does not seem to work. The curb chain/strap doesn't seem to have much effect. I feel as though I need to tug fairly firmly in order for her to stop. Maybe it's just her and I do have it right, I'm not sure. I know somebody on here must know.

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post #2 of 19 Old 04-26-2013, 11:04 PM
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The chin strap has no effect on a snaffle bit, it is there just to keep the rings or bit being pulled all the way through the mouth. Hence no reason for the chain style since there is no need for more "bite".
Also on a snaffle hang your reins behind your chin strap, not in front of, the opposite of a curb.

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It doesn't look right to me. But I'm drawing a blank. The curb chain.... It is not supposed to be on the head stall itself and not the bit?? Or is that ring not the bit? I'm fixing to run and look at mine. I'm exhausted so I don't really know but something seems off.
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post #4 of 19 Old 04-26-2013, 11:10 PM
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You don't need the chin strap, it's purpose it be a stopper for the bit being pulled through the mouth during plow reining training if the horse has a loose fitting bridle on. Yours fits nicely, not loose.
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My bit is different, that's what it is. I have a connection piece on my bit.
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As said, curb strap does nothing on a snaffle bit. Which is what you have.

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You have it correct but your reins should be behind the chin strap.

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This is a curb bit


This is a snaffle bit

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post #9 of 19 Old 04-26-2013, 11:25 PM
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One more little thing, pull your throatlatch strap through your browband loops so the buckle is up higher on the side of the face. That way when you ask him to give his nose the buckle isnt jamming him in the throat or jowls and make sure there is enough room for him to comfortably tuck his head but tight enough he can't rub or shake the whole outfit off :)

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So with the snaffle I technically don't need "brakes"?

The bit I was told to use (and am using) is a twisted snaffle. How does this bit affect my mare?
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