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  • Using snaffle bit with slot ear head stall

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    12-15-2011, 11:59 PM
Not browband, not noseband. It's not a matter of "pulling through," just the whole bridle comes off.

With a snaffle bit, as you pull back on the reins, the bit pulls back in the mouth, which loosens the headstall on the face. You have the opposite effect with a curb, which actually tightens the headstall behind the ears when rein pressure is applied.

But if you have a throatlatch, it keeps the headstall from slipping over the ears.
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    12-16-2011, 12:02 AM
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    12-16-2011, 12:11 AM
I've also seen a couple of times when someone is fighting with a greenie and pulls the bit all the way through the mouth and the ear slot slipped off the ear and they ended up with the bit up one side of the horse's face and nothing but leather in his mouth.

However, those folks didn't have a curb strap on their bits and that's what enabled the bridle to completely shift on the horse's head. If you are using a snaffle bit, you should have a curb strap on it anyway for safety sake.
    12-19-2011, 10:36 AM
Just make sure whatever you buy has a throatlatch - a browband does not hold the bridle on, it just minimizes movement. Your best bet for keeping the bridle in place is a throatlatch.

Also, just personal preference, but I'm not crazy about the one ears because they can be difficult to adjust properly and comfortably since the ear hole doesn't adjust on most models.
    12-19-2011, 10:40 AM
Originally Posted by SaddleOnline    
Just make sure whatever you buy has a throatlatch - a browband does not hold the bridle on, it just minimizes movement. Your best bet for keeping the bridle in place is a throatlatch.
Yes - the browband reduces movement - thus providing correct leverage for the communication between the hands and the bit.

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