Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
I always use a curb-strap with a loose-ring or eggbutt snaffle. It's just there in case of an emergency. Even if your horse is well-trained, you can get into a situation where the bit gets pulled so hard that a loose-ring or eggbutt bit can actually pull through the horses' mouth, with the ring sitting in the mouth (leads to panic and disaster very quickly). A one-rein stop, sudden spook, or fall could cause such a situation. Having a curb strap on the bridle can prevent the bit from pulling through. If you're using a noseband, which most english bridles have, you do not need the curb-strap. Also, D-ring and full-cheek snaffles don't need the curb-strap, because they can't pull through.