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View Poll Results: Can a snaffle bit have shanks?
yes 12 54.55%
no 10 45.45%
Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

 
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    05-08-2008, 01:01 PM
  #11
Started
I think the terminology can be confusing at times. I prefer "direct pressure" and "leverage" when talking about the mechanics of how the bit (and bridle, in the case of leverage bits) works.
     
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    05-08-2008, 07:17 PM
  #12
Yearling
So many people assume that a snaffle means a broken mouth piece. It does NOT. A snaffle bit means that the reins connect directly to the bit, meaning no shanks, no leverage.

A curb does NOT connect directly with the mouth piece, It works off leverage, or shanks.

RESOURCES
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snaffle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curb_bit
     
    05-09-2008, 10:22 AM
  #13
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Abby
So many people assume that a snaffle means a broken mouth piece. It does NOT. A snaffle bit means that the reins connect directly to the bit, meaning no shanks, no leverage.

A curb does NOT connect directly with the mouth piece, It works off leverage, or shanks.

RESOURCES
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snaffle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curb_bit

^^^ This is also what I have always gone by.
     
    05-09-2008, 12:08 PM
  #14
Weanling
I agree with the people who say it can NOT.

It's a common (usually in the US?), but incorrect, use of the word 'snaffle' to mean a single-jointed mouthpiece. The correct definition of a snaffle is a direct pressure bit, I.e. No shanks, that can actually have any kind of mouthpiece you like.

HOWEVER, there is such a thing as a hanging snaffle that has short 'shanks' ABOVE the bit rings but not BELOW, so as to provide slight poll pressure yet remain a direct pressure bit.
     
    05-16-2008, 02:21 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Nope it can't

Snaffle=direct pressure

Curb=leverage

Shanks=leverage

Jointed=nutcracker

Just becuase it is jointed doesn't make it a snaffle...... there are solid snaffles, but becuase they are solid mouth pieces does that make them curbs? No! If a bit is jointed and has shanks then it is a jointed curb..... if a bit has shanks it uses leverage and therefore it is a curb whether it is jointed or not....
     
    05-16-2008, 05:24 PM
  #16
Foal
100% fact...no!! They cannot. :)
     
    05-18-2008, 09:04 AM
  #17
Showing
I don't use the term curb bit, rather there are shanked bits and snaffle bits. A curb bit is a bit with shanks. Whether or not the mouthpiece is solid or jointed does not matter. So if you have a bit with shanks and the mouth piece is jointed its a curb.
There are hundreds of different types of these two basic bits.
     



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