Do some horses prefer curb bits to snaffles?

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Do some horses prefer curb bits to snaffles?

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    11-06-2011, 01:58 PM
Do some horses prefer curb bits to snaffles?

I normally ride my horses without a bit. I have sometimes ridden them using a regular snaffle or a french link snaffle. Trooper seems content with the snaffles, and Mia seems to resent both bits.

I was thinking of trying a curb bit on Mia, just to see if she would accept it with better grace than a snaffle. Do any of you have horses who simply preferred a curb bit to a snaffle?

While I have many faults as a rider, harsh hands is NOT one of them. Any thoughts?
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    11-06-2011, 02:08 PM
Why Shanked Bits are Utterly Evil, etc.

Yes, but generally only if they are accustomed to a curb.
    11-07-2011, 11:48 PM
It really depends on training. Horses that are trained to respond to a shanked, curb bit typically respond well, and it may very well be what they are comfortable in.

On the other hand, sticking a curb on a horse that is already responsive and doesn't need it is adding a rather harsh accessory for no real reason.
    11-07-2011, 11:50 PM
Originally Posted by SaddleOnline    

On the other hand, sticking a curb on a horse that is already responsive and doesn't need it is adding a rather harsh accessory for no real reason.
It's not harsh if you know how to use it properly
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    11-07-2011, 11:51 PM
I agree with Bubba - my two geldings were both used to being in curbs, and when I tried the snaffle on them, both were pretty clear about their unhappiness with it. My green-ish mare is more used to a snaffle, and because I've been careful to keep her soft in the curb and snaffle, she doesn't have issues with switching back and forth. I think it's really dependent on their training.

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