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post #1 of 9 Old 06-26-2009, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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If it is true that a curb won't help a TWH's gait, then why do people do it?

Title pretty much says it all. Is it because they are "souped up", or tradition or what? It really irritates me to see people use them when they probably don't even need them at all..Is this the case? Thanks in advance.

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Bits with shanks puts pressure on the poll so that the horse will drop his head and tuck his nose in a little bit more to collect better. That was partly told to me by others and partly what I assume. I guess that's why people use them? idk my TN Walker has an eggbutt . . .

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I'm more concerned about other gait-enhancing methods than curbs.
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The same reason horse people do plenty of other things.... "thats the way its always been done" who cares if its the best thing for the horse... ok sorry that sounded pissy . Really though, I think everybody else about has it. A combo of tradition and the easy way out. Out of my three walkers the one who walked the best was ridden in an eggbutt snaffle. The others had "tennessee walker bits" I wish I knew now what I did then about bits and it wouldv'e been a different story.
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Bits with shanks puts pressure on the poll so that the horse will drop his head and tuck his nose in a little bit more to collect better.
Yes that's the reason and it does work. There is nothing wrong with curb bits: In theory, they just put pressure on different areas than snaffle bits do. They have a bad rap because common English curb bits (kimberwickes, pelhams etc) just happen to be harsh, and were designed that way so they could be used as training shortcuts. There is no reason they couldn't design a curb bit that was mild.
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Yes that's the reason and it does work. There is nothing wrong with curb bits: In theory, they just put pressure on different areas than snaffle bits do. They have a bad rap because common English curb bits (kimberwickes, pelhams etc) just happen to be harsh, and were designed that way so they could be used as training shortcuts. There is no reason they couldn't design a curb bit that was mild.
True, but I don't really think a curb does too much for collection. It can make it look pretty though.
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^^Explain. That meant absolutely nothing to me.

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