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post #11 of 31 Old 04-28-2009, 12:13 AM
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If it's just a plain snaffle, there really isn't a difference between the eggbutt and the d ring. The full cheeks, however, give you a little more control because they're harder to pull through your horse's mouth. If your horse has a really sensitive mouth, then a single jointed snaffle may not be the best choice for him. If I were you, I'd spend the money and invest in a Myler bit. I'm a huge fan of the Myler comfort snaffle with a low port barrel, it's very forgiving and popular with a lot of horses :Toklat - Horse Tack - Saddle Pads - Horse Riding Apparel - Myler Bits - Bits - Eggbutt

Oh and I forgot to add - I "technically" ride western. I team pen, trail ride, and used to barrel race, but all in an eggbutt snaffle because I prefered direct contact. It's just a matter of what's comfortable for you and your horse.

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post #12 of 31 Old 04-28-2009, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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My boy was neck reining in his snaffle before I switched him to a curb, like I said, I didn't realize it wasn't the "proper" thing to do, lol!!
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Hey, I consider anything "proper" when it works. :)

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I am not sure about the comment that you cannot neck rein in a snaffle bit... isn't neck reining... neck reining?

(By the by, I am all for double jointed snaffle bits)


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post #15 of 31 Old 04-28-2009, 01:49 AM
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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.

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post #16 of 31 Old 04-28-2009, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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This has turned into an interesting topic! Definitely going to be getting my boy a snaffle of some sort and we'll see how it works!

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I'm glad to hear it! I'm a huge advocate, just like JDI, of the double jointed snaffles. They really prevent the nutcracker effect seen in single jointed snaffles, and most horses are really happy to have them in their mouth :]

I wish you luck!

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I'm glad to hear it! I'm a huge advocate, just like JDI, of the double jointed snaffles. They really prevent the nutcracker effect seen in single jointed snaffles, and most horses are really happy to have them in their mouth :]

I wish you luck!
Thanks! I'll let you know how it goes!
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I would start out in an double jointed egg butt, then move up to other bits

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post #20 of 31 Old 04-29-2009, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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I would start out in an double jointed egg butt, then move up to other bits
I think that's what I'm going to do. No point in putting him in something more severe when he might not need it! If it doesn't work for him I can try it on one of my others, I'm sure I'll come up with at least one it will work with!
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