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        04-28-2013, 10:38 PM
      #11
    Showing
    CLaPorte, I'm not sure about anyone else, but it may be nothing more than force of habit. I really prefer loose rings and I ride a lot of colts, so for me, it's a needed safety feature but others might not have that problem. I even keep a chin strap on my full cheek LOL. I know it serves no purpose there but the bridle looks incomplete without it.

    OP, the only thing I could nit-pick on is that you don't need a curb "chain" on a snaffle bit. I normally keep a full leather strap on all of mine similar to this


    You can buy a length of saddle string at the tack store for less than $5 and make 4 or 5 of them by tying them yourself.
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        04-28-2013, 11:06 PM
      #12
    Started
    I agree that a curb strap isn't needed, and like smrobs posted, it kinda habit and when starting colts can save your butt.
    Doesn't really change the right placing for it though.
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        04-28-2013, 11:22 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by wausuaw    
    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.
    My neightbor did the same thing, except it wasn't caught as quickly and her horse became violently head (mouth?) shy.

    OP, I commend you for asking such a seemingly "simple" question. The fact that you are concerned enough to have your horse's health and safety in mind makes me very glad!
         
        04-29-2013, 12:38 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    I've just always used a curb strap. My horse is young and fairly green, and her trainer rides her in a snaffle with a curb strap and she's been going just fine, so I decided to continue. I do like the idea of using a piece of saddle string though!
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        04-29-2013, 02:08 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    CLaPorte, I'm not sure about anyone else, but it may be nothing more than force of habit. I really prefer loose rings and I ride a lot of colts, so for me, it's a needed safety feature but others might not have that problem. I even keep a chin strap on my full cheek LOL. I know it serves no purpose there but the bridle looks incomplete without it.

    OP, the only thing I could nit-pick on is that you don't need a curb "chain" on a snaffle bit. I normally keep a full leather strap on all of mine similar to this


    You can buy a length of saddle string at the tack store for less than $5 and make 4 or 5 of them by tying them yourself.
    I love this style of chin strap on a snaffle bit oufit, I think they look so nice!(plus cheap)

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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    Ahhh...Interesting. May I ask why this is? Trying to understanding the function with it flapping around under their bottom lip.
    The reins behind the chin strap is to keep to the chin strap from interfering with the reins and the signal to the bit. Especially when using a snaffle most likely an open rein is used. When the chin strap is in front it just serves the purpose of keeping the bit in place in the event things get pulled around and keep the rings being pulled through the mouth without interference with the reins.
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        04-29-2013, 05:06 PM
      #16
    Showing
    If it was holding a shoofly then it would have a purpose. Think about it, it's a curb strap but it's not a curb bit. Don't hear it called a snaffle strap. Someone hot trainer likely did this and won a a western snaffle bit futurity and then everyone else has to copy, because he did it and he won.
         
        04-29-2013, 05:13 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    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.
         
        04-29-2013, 06:30 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    I have seen the bit on my bridle be pulled through a horse's mouth. My mare HAD a bit pulled through her mouth. I'm not looking for people to criticize my choice of having a curb strap.
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