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    View Poll Results: Can a snaffle bit have shanks?
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    no 10 45.45%
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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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