08-17-2012, 09:04 AM
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It does sound like the OP is talking about a stud chain on a halter, but the reference to shanks in the title has me confused then. Now I have an iching feeling I've heard people call stud chains shanks??
Anyways, with a stud chain you can thread it up over the nose, under it and I've even seen people manage to wrap it all the way around. I personally have used over and under on different horses for lunging. My current lease horse is a strong son of a gun who will once in awhile decide to buck/start pulling on me on the lunge. Threading the chain so it can't get caught tight (like an improperly done choke chain on a dog) I can give a tug on the line and the chain gives me some extra help to remind him to behave. It's a precaution. I've used one under the chin hoping it would help urge a lazy horse forward on the lunge too. Same kind of idea on both over/under can be used when simply leading too. Some horses get hard to handle, maybe a stud, and the chain helps to regain control.
If OP is talking about a curb chain, like is commonly used with a shank (curb) bit, the proper way is attached under the bit. Over the bit makes me think of slightly barbaric hackamore.
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