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post #1 of 12 Old 07-23-2009, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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pulling bit through mouth

I have been riding in a O ring snaffle, and the bit is pulling through his mouth. My question is would a curb strap help this or would it be better to get a full cheek snaffle? I ride western not english so there is no strap(not sure what it's called) to keep his mouth closed.

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-23-2009, 08:08 PM
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Yes, a curb chain/strap will help. If this is a young horse in training, you might want to switch to a full cheek. I prefer the chain to the leather. The chain although it seems more severe is actually the least.


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When is the bit pulling through?


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the strap to keep the mouth shut is called a hanoverian or flash noseband. I don't know how else you could help keep his mouth closed (if that is the problem) because I don't ride western and haven't used a curb chain before and don't really know what they are for.

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Yep, I use a leather lipstrap, which would be the same as a curb strap. Loads of campdrafters use them for that exact reason.

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When I'm trying to turn him, he is opening his mouth. I'm thinking he's trying to avoid the bit and then it becomes a tug of war. He opens his mouth and it pulls though. He's been under saddle a couple of months 2-3 times a week.
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Folks, if you use curb strap how tight should it go under the jaw? I always have problems with adjusting it...
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I use them on all my snaffles for that reason too. Happens sometimes when working high-speed or working cattle............. or in a disagreement with a young horse ;p LOL. The way that I always adjust mine is to put it on and then pull the rings out to the sides. I like for it to be just a little bit loose (about 1/2 inch to a whole inch longer than the mouthpiece itself). It really depends on how the horse's mouth and head is shaped. It will need to be longer for a horse with a bigger chin and shorter for a horse with a smaller chin.

If I may make a suggestion. You may want to take him back to the roundpen for a while and work on his suppleness to the bit. He should be willing to bend his nose to your toe with little or no resistance. Putting a curb strap on the bit will definitely help in the beginning.

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Have you considered using a full cheek or dee ring? They add a little lateral pressure to the sides of the horse's mouth (not in a painful way at all!) to help the horse understand what it needs to do.


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Have you considered using a full cheek or dee ring? They add a little lateral pressure to the sides of the horse's mouth (not in a painful way at all!) to help the horse understand what it needs to do.
The silly thing is so many Western riders think that a full cheek snaffle is strictly an English bit. Nothing can be further then the truth. While your horse is in the learning stage, a full cheek can be an essential.

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