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post #1 of 18 Old 04-28-2013, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Is this right?

Not meaning to sound dumb here lol, but I've always
Had people around to help me out with this sort of stuff.



Is the bit on right? The inside of the arch is pointed towards the back.


And as for the curb strap, I was told that on a snaffle it goes in front of the reins?

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-28-2013, 08:01 PM
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Not stupid at all! I knew a gal that was a neighbor- put her horse through training, nice, gentle guy. Acted great when she worked with him, til she brought him home. He wasn't terrible, but just generally acting up. She was venting about the trainer and the horse acting like a fool when she brought him home- I told her I would check out her horse and see what I thought. When I got her bridle, her bit was backwards. Flipped it around and WALLA.

... If she woulda just asked, she could have saved herself (and her horse) some undue frustration.
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post #5 of 18 Old 04-28-2013, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! Well thanks everyone - I vaguely remembered! Haha. I put a bit on backwards once and let me tell you, the horse was not happy! Thankfully I corrected it quickly!
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post #6 of 18 Old 04-28-2013, 09:16 PM
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Yes. But...The curb strap shouldn't be in front of the reins like that...Switch the 2 and you'll be good to go.

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Yes. But...The curb strap shouldn't be in front of the reins like that...Switch the 2 and you'll be good to go.
I was always told that the curb strap goes in front of the reins for a snaffle but
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post #8 of 18 Old 04-28-2013, 10:21 PM
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Reigns do go behind the curb strap on a direct bit. So yes, you did it right
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post #9 of 18 Old 04-28-2013, 10:29 PM
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I'm going to go against all the fancy dan trainers and tell you that the curb strap serves absolutely no function except maybe it's someone's idea of "cowboy". Wouldn't want to be mistaken for an english rider. If a horse offers a lot of resistance to turning then it's better to use a full cheek (fulmer) snaffle which is designed to spread the pressure against both upper and lower jaw.
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post #10 of 18 Old 04-28-2013, 10:30 PM
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Ahhh...Interesting. May I ask why this is? Trying to understanding the function with it flapping around under their bottom lip.

I use D ring or full cheek snaffles and I don't use a curb strap on those.
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