Fully understand your point of view - many people have ' all the gear and no idea ' - nice to find someone else who appear to know a thing or two
A curb or weymouth bit has a hook for a curb chain , which may or may not have a leather cover , and also has what is called a lip strap which should be fitted with the curb chain . The lip strap should stop the curb chain falling off should it become un-hooked.
Many riding schools use a 'flash strap ' on the snaffle bit under the jaw if a pony throws it's head about or a pupil is inexperianced to stop the bit pulling through the mouth. Nothing against such things provided they are used properly or have a purpose , but its not really what it's for.
And the BHS is the British Horse Society , The Manual Of Horsemanship is aa book that has been published ( and updated ) for decades covers all aspects of horsemanship from tack to riding to horse health - and is also the official book of the UK pony club.
The BHS and pony club can be a bit old fashioned and stuck in their old ways sometimes but generally are quite good .
Last edited by Nutty Saddler; 05-27-2009 at 02:24 AM.