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post #1 of 25 Old 12-22-2012, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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snaffle bit -curb strap

I have a snaffle bit and I bought an all- leather curb strap To keep the bit from being pulled out of my horses mouth. Can I use a crub strap on a snaffle so It isnt pulled through his mouth.
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Yes. I use a curb chain, since I don't actually have a regular leather curb strap, but since it's only there to prevent the bit from being pulled through his mouth, it's pretty loose anyway.
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I've used a curb chain on a snaffle and it didn't help much. I had it adjusted properly (trainer helped attach it), but it still pulled through. I am currently trying to find a reasonably priced full cheek to replace our regular snaffle (we use a French link which are proving more difficult to find in the size we need).

If your horse is gaping his mouth enough that the bit is pulling through, there's other issues there. A properly fitting snaffle on a horse that isn't trying to evade the bit should not need a curb chain. I'd evaluate WHY the bit is pulling through before just slapping a curb chain on it.
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I've used a curb chain on a snaffle and it didn't help much. I had it adjusted properly (trainer helped attach it), but it still pulled through. I am currently trying to find a reasonably priced full cheek to replace our regular snaffle (we use a French link which are proving more difficult to find in the size we need).

If your horse is gaping his mouth enough that the bit is pulling through, there's other issues there. A properly fitting snaffle on a horse that isn't trying to evade the bit should not need a curb chain. I'd evaluate WHY the bit is pulling through before just slapping a curb chain on it.
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He dosnt open his mouth. I just want to prevent having it pulled out of his mouth. I use it sort of like a bit hobble.
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I have a snaffle bit and I bought an all- leather curb strap To keep the bit from being pulled out of my horses mouth. Can I use a crub strap on a snaffle so It isnt pulled through his mouth.
A snaffle should have a chin strap. Make sure you attach the reins BEHIND the chin strap and not in front.
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I've often wondered who started the notion of putting a curb strap on a snaffle. You won't find one in the UK or Europe, just here in NA. If the rider is pulling one rein so hard the bit slides thro the horse's mouth, it's time to rethink the training. The curb strap is ineffective in preventing the bit from sliding thro because the strap is so loose it will just go thro as well. So will part of the headstall. The size of the bit rings is what helps prevent the bit from sliding through and the horse's mouth would have to be gaping open.
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I don't use a curb/bit strap with my french link eggbutt, and my guy does on occasion resist the bit (getting much better), but it's never even come close to pulling through... YMMV.
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I tried one on my snaffles, but gave it up. It was so loose that I couldn't imagine it having any effect, and I can't imagine pulling a D-ring thru anyways. But if someone else wants to do different, that is their business.

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Its all well and good to say it shouldn't happen with good training, but sometimes on a young horse there are times when you have to pick up a rein and take a hold, and hold there until the horse finds the correct response. Also in speed events like gaming, polo crosse and campdrafting there will come a time when in the heat of the moment you will pick up on a rein stronger than you do at home.

I deal with both of these situations and I always have a chin strap on my snaffle bits, as do most people I know. The only one who doesn't have one is my older, well trained, semi-retired gelding as it is unlikely it will ever come into use.
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W_S said it exactly. When it comes to chin straps on snaffles, I live by the old saying "It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it". I don't own a single snaffle without one and I've been in several situations where it has kept the bit in place. I ride a lot of young horses and, as everyone knows, young horses are inherently unpredictable. Just because he rides nice and responds the way he should in the round pen or arena doesn't ensure that he'll respond the exact same when out in the pasture and a turkey flies within a few feet of his head or a coyote/deer jumps up out of the brush 5 feet away. Heck, I've even had really nice, responsive, calm horses go into a bucking frenzy the first time they got poked in the flank by a bush we were riding past. In times like that, the first thing to do is ensure my own safety, even if that means really taking their head hard and fast to the side.

IMHO, any person is simply lucky if they've never been in a situation where a small little piece of "possibly meaningless" safety equipment has saved their lives.

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