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post #1 of 18 Old 05-19-2010, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Re-assembling a leather curb strap

Alright so, I've taken apart lots of tack before, and I got a new Western bridle with an O ring snaffle which has a leather curb strap on it. Here's the thing, I took it apart to clean it, thinking I had remembered correctly as for how to re-assemble the curb strap, and I put it back together. BUT, it doesn't look right to me. I already Googled it, and I can't find anything that will help me.
I feel a bit stupid asking this.
Does anyone have a picture of how one should be correctly assembled, or can tell me the correct way to assemble it?

If needed I'll take a picture of how I've got it re-assembled for now, if it helps for telling me what I need to do.

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there are so many different types out there with different ways to attach. A photo of yours would help =)
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Alright, here are a few pics. Re-looking at it I think I might have finally gotten it right, but an affirmation would be nice.




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I know for sure that you want the reins in between the curb strap and the bit. Other than that I don't see anything else wrong but maybe someone else will. :)

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I know for sure that you want the reins in between the curb strap and the bit. Other than that I don't see anything else wrong but maybe someone else will. :)
Yeah, I know. I just put the reins on to keep them someplace for now, as I don't need them at the moment.

Well, that's a good sign!

Also, I've never used a bridle with a leather strap, I've always had a chain instead, so I'm not entirely sure how tight/loose it should be when on a horse? Man, I feel really uneducated.


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Does the horse flip the bit around in his mouth or something like that? I am just trying to figure out why you would need a curb strap on a snaffle? Otherwise, I've only used chain ones too, so I'm no help. LOL

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I know for sure that you want the reins in between the curb strap and the bit. Other than that I don't see anything else wrong but maybe someone else will. :)
I have neverheard of anyone using a curb strap on top of the reins - is it common over there? Here we always have it set up like shown in the photos. We don't want to curb strap moving and lifting everytime we lift the reins. When the reins are lifted it stays hanging down near the chin and still.

Greyshell, the curb strap is to stop the bit pulling through the mouth.

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Greyshell, the curb strap is to stop the bit pulling through the mouth.
Hmm, I always thought it was to add additional leverage. But the way the pic/you're thinking of to be assembled is correct. I think Wallaby might be thinking backwards.
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The only reason to use a curb strap on a snaffle is to keep the bit from pulling all the way through the horses mouth. As long as the strap doesn't go past the horses lower lip it's tight enough. The reins should NOT go between the bit and the strap. The strap will interfere with the feel of your reins and it really serves no purpose anyway.

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Hmm, I always thought it was to add additional leverage. But the way the pic/you're thinking of to be assembled is correct. I think Wallaby might be thinking backwards.
There is no leverage with a snaffle bit. That is why they are not a leverage bit.

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