[QUOTE=Spyder;700100]I would be most concerned when somerone said their curb strap broke.
This is a curb bit which means it exerts a lot of power and NEVER should enough pressure be applied for either the rein or strap to break (unless it was in such poor repair the it was falling apart).
The curb strap was old and I shouldn't have used it(it was a bit brittle and it was an idiotic decision). I should have used my newer one. I hold the reins loosely to where it is comfortable. I do not yank at her mouth. I do have a trainer that I take lessons from. I love my trainer,she is absolutely awesome but I going to have to find a new trainer that is closer by because of the cost of gas to get to and from my trainer's house. There is a girl who trains at my stable. She rides really well and said she would help me out so I think I will take up the offer.
I DO APPERCIATE everyone's advice and answers because I did not know how harsh this bit was....my horse does need to be retained in a snaffle but the guy who I got the horse from gave me a curb bit( he got it on clearance and I found out why once the vet came out...it was bent!). My friend has a bit that I am interested in using..it's a training bit that she has for her mustang..if used correctly it is not harsh..i forgot the name of it but I am basically just wanting a bit my horse WILL respond to. She does leg cues and neck reins but I prefer to do double handed.