12-06-2010, 10:30 PM
| || |
Found this on a trainer website
Although it may sound gentler, I’ve found that a loosely fitted curb chain (which makes the entire hackamore looser) can result in rougher contact. When the curb chain is loose, the nosepiece doesn’t engage right away when you pull on the reins. This makes it harder to gauge when the contact will come into play, so it’s easy to accidentally overdo your rein aids. A loose hackamore also shifts around the horse’s nose, making it less effective and more likely to pull the cheekpieces against his eyes. I prefer a snugger curb chain fit, where you can fit just one finger between it and his jaw. This allows you to feel the “contact” (the nosepiece engaging) immediately when you pick up the reins, so it’s easier to be light with your aids.