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post #11 of 17 Old 05-08-2008, 12:01 PM
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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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post #12 of 17 Old 05-08-2008, 06:17 PM
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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.

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post #13 of 17 Old 05-09-2008, 09:22 AM
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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.


^^^ This is also what I have always gone by.

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post #14 of 17 Old 05-09-2008, 11:08 AM
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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.
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post #15 of 17 Old 05-16-2008, 01:21 PM
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nope it can't

snaffle=direct pressure




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....
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-16-2008, 04:24 PM
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100%!! They cannot. :)

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post #17 of 17 Old 05-18-2008, 08:04 AM
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I dont 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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