Is it possible to use a snaffle for cattle work? Everyone out here always seem to use curb bits on their horses, why is that?
Yes, yes, YES!!!!!
All you western people and thinking that you couldn't possibly do cattle work/fast work/neck reining in anything less than a curb bit :]
I ride mounted games, and that has more neck reining than a TON of other disciplines as you are constantly picking things up/holding things in your right hand. And it is ridden in a snaffle 99% of the time.
Campdrafting is a huge thing out here, which is cattle work consisting of a section similar to cutting, and a section similar to the fence work portion of reined cowhorse events. You can google it. I don't think your are ALLOWED a curb in campdrafting.
Neck reining has nothing to do with curb/snaffle action. Neck reining uses the rein pressure on the NECK to turn. If you are truly neck reining, you shouldn't need to touch the bit.
Ok, rant over :]
Probably the favourite bit for campdrafting is a loose ring, sweet iron snaffle, either single or double jointed. They have a fairly thin mouth peice, and a loose ring allowing for movement in the mouth. I use a French link, loose ring bradoon on my ASH, and I regularly do days full of cattle work, swinging my stock whip in one hand :]
On my arab pony, who I used to game and run speed events as well as cattle work and PC and everything else, lol, I use a single jointed bradoon.
Here are some pics of people campdrafting in snaffles, and a pic of the bit I use on my ASH: