Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Regular snaffle vs. french link snaffle
Aires doesn't have a problem with the regular snaffle we use (other than he likes to chew on it because it's copper, but we're going to remedy that soon), but I was just wondering what the differences between a regular single joint snaffle and a french link snaffle are. Would a french link snaffle be better for Aires to keep him with a soft mouth? I have relatively soft hands, so I don't think that will be a problem, but I know that sometimes if the bit is too harsh, the horse will develop a harder mouth regardless.
I know some will say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," but I am really just curious. My old gelding had an insanely hard mouth (from being ridden in a twisted wire snaffle and having his face reefed on constantly), but he responded really well to a french link snaffle. The trainer at our barn has a nice full cheek french link snaffle on her English bridle, and my friend has a french link snaffle for when she works her mare in the arena (can't use a bit on the trail, as Cassie throws her head around and pitches a fit, so she rides in a side pull on the trails).
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