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        05-28-2009, 05:03 PM
    THanks for the info. The bit pictured isn't exactly like the one I have, I looked at mine today and there is no way it can pinch my horse, it's made differently at the joint, it's more like a bar you'd see on a D ring, if that makes sense.

    Appreciate the reply!
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        05-28-2009, 07:07 PM
    Smrobs, I can't find a picture right now, but a lipstrap as used in the ASH world goes under the chin, the same as a curb chain on a curb bit.
        05-29-2009, 01:09 AM
    Originally Posted by Nutty Saddler    
    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.
    Actually when my Clyde cross's back is out he doesn't act backsore, he opens his mouth and leans on the turns and he's got a 7" bloop! Rings go right through and next thing you know he's got a cheekpiece in his mouth and it took you 3/4 of the ring to make a turn haha! So I use the plain leather strap to prevent that from happening and now know that when he starts to lean on the bit and tilt his head sideways, it's his back that's in pain and time to call the chiro ;)

    (yes I know he's probably an exception but at nearly 1800 pounds, when he leans and puts his head sideways, lol the bit's going to slide if you are holding the reins at all!)
        05-29-2009, 01:12 AM
    What's campdrafting?!

    Also a lip strap on a pelham can be handy for a crafy horse that when bored rolls his tongue on the back of the mullen mouth and flips the bit upside down causing the curb chain to fall off and the shanks to point upwards, rendering the bit useless....i've been meaning to get one though my horse has been pretty good these days ;)
        05-29-2009, 05:56 AM
    Originally Posted by CJ82Sky    
    what's campdrafting?!
    I wondered the same thing:

    Campdrafting involves a mounted rider riding into a "camp" (corral or yard) which has six to eight head of cattle in it. The rider (cuts out) one steer or heifer from the cattle in the camp and brings that beast to the front of the camp and block and turns that beast at least two or three times to prove to the judge that they have the beast under control. The rider then calls for the gates to be opened. The cut out is worth a total of 26 points.
    The rider then proceeds to draft (work) the beast around a figure of eight course in a larger arena.
    Generally the course is set to the left and once the beast has gone around the left peg, it must then be drafted around a peg on the right.
    Once that is completed, the rider then guides the steer through the "gate" which is two pegs placed apart. Once gated, the campdraft is complete and the rider can be awarded up to a total of 100 points. Points are awarded for horsemanship and control of the beast.... within set time limits (usually 45-47 seconds).
        05-29-2009, 09:43 AM
    Thank you Wild_Spot, I thought it might be the same thing but the lip part of it was just throwing me off. :)

    Thank you for posting that iride, I guess that campdrafting is very similar to an American working cow horse class just with a different pattern.
        05-31-2009, 06:47 PM
    I went to a campdraft school on the weekend, and the instructor made a point of saying how different campdrafting and working cowhorse are, lol! I'm going to make another thread about the school, so I won't hog this one :]

    Just wanted to mention, at the school about 10 out of the 12 or so riders had lip straps on their snaffle bits. I was one of the ones who doesn't as I lost mine, lol.

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