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post #1 of 27 Old 05-26-2009, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Snaffle bit question

I should know this, but I haven't used a plain snaffle bit in 20 some years...

Question is: Do you use a curb strap with a snaffle bit? I'm thinking not, but it just seems weird. (I ride western)

I have a pretty western snaffle bit that I want to use on my mare, and since all I'm doing with her is fun hacking about the fields, no reason I can't ride her in it as she responds well with it. Just can't seem to remember if I used the curb strap or not?
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post #2 of 27 Old 05-26-2009, 08:10 PM
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Nope. You can use a lipstrap to stop it pulling through her mouth though, which might be what you are thinking off?

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Many Western riders use a curb strap, usually just a leather one, to keep the cheek piece from pulling through their horse's mouth. It isn't necessary on a trained horse but helpful on a green one. Pretty much as Wild Spot suggested.

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Not really. Isn't snaffle bit english? I ride in a snaffle bit. But I ride english Style.
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Thanks. I think I can do without it.

Snaffles are for western too ;)

My snaffle looks like this one...


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Not really. Isn't snaffle bit english? I ride in a snaffle bit. But I ride english Style.

Snaffles are for both. Usually in western just for green broke horses or one that neck reins.

As to answer you question, as the others said. Its not necessary. Just personal preference. It does help if you have to use quite a bit of pressure to not pull thru the mouth.




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I barely use any pressure on the bit in my horse's mouth as she reins decently and stops with my shifting my weight back. I can't fathom why one would pull this through the mouth? My hands are very light on a horse's mouth.
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Mostly the lip strap is used for faster sports such as campdrafting, polocrosse, sporting etc where you may need to get them round that turn quick. It makes the pressure more even instead of just on one side of the mouth.

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I would use just a plain leather curb strap. Like this one:

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What are you all thinking of - a curb strap or a lip strap are for use on curb or pelham bits. If you are pulling the bit through your horses mouth then YOU need re-training. If your horse opens its mouth as an evasion then use a drop , flash or grackle noseband.
A snaffle bit with full cheeks can help a young horse by applying pressure on the side of the face .
The bit that 7ponies uses should also be used with bit rubbers as it is not pinchless. There are dozens of types of snaffle bits avialiable - and some bits that look like snaffles are not .
I ride with a full cheek single jointed sweet iron as it is what my mare prefers.
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