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" mouth....so 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!)