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    11-12-2012, 05:49 PM
Western Curb for Green Western Horse

I've got a QH that I'm looking to start doing some western with. He's a fully broke horse but, I'm looking to start him on a curb. What type of bit do you think would be a good starting bit. He currently goes in a plain old snaffle. Any advice would welcomed.
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    11-13-2012, 09:04 AM
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    11-13-2012, 09:06 AM
I suggest a short shank snaffle.....
    11-13-2012, 10:25 AM
This one is great. All the parts move so you can use some direct reining to help with the transition to neckreining. I use this bit on all my horses. It is soft, not harsh and they listen well to it. When my mares don't neckrein properly a gentle wiggle on the inside rein helps to get their attention where I want it.
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OOOOOOOO and it's on sale too.. At times it will run closer to $40. Pic is from chicksaddlery it is $35.00 there,
    11-13-2012, 10:29 AM
Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
I suggest a short shank snaffle.....
The term shank and Snaffle do not belong on the same bit. A snaffle is a direct rein bit with no poll pressure regardless of the mouthpiece. A shanked bit is a Curb bit regardless of the mouthpiece.. I know the catalogs and some of the makers call them that, but they are incorrect.

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    11-13-2012, 01:21 PM
Lol you must know everything. *stares in wonder* Have you ever found that horses get upset over the switch from a snaffle to a ported bit? Or do they seem pretty cool about it?
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    11-14-2012, 09:11 PM
LOL Thanks for the "AWE" Keeps me humble. ;)

I haven't had any problem with this bit as it moves in the mouth like a jointed snaffle. As in not solid chunk. I do know some horses do not like some types of bits. Mine are exceptions to that evidently as they will go in about any bit I chose to use. I suspect it matters more how the bit is introduced than the actual mouth style.
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    11-14-2012, 09:14 PM
Originally Posted by Appyt    
The term shank and Snaffle do not belong on the same bit. A snaffle is a direct rein bit with no poll pressure regardless of the mouthpiece. A shanked bit is a Curb bit regardless of the mouthpiece.. I know the catalogs and some of the makers call them that, but they are incorrect.

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Haha yeah I know....I'm just used to to calling it that because on the heads tall rack it's easy to differentiate because of the snaffle like joint
    11-14-2012, 10:51 PM
There's an inexpensive curb bit most tack stores sell. It has a low port which offers a little tongue room. It's plain, the shanks are curved back a little and of a medium length. I think it's less than $20. Horses do seem to like this bit. I think a lot of people reject it because it's not fancy enough or endorsed by anyone, or complicated enough. My arab was happy in a snaffle yet quickly made the transition to this bit. As did my qh/tb.
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    11-14-2012, 10:58 PM
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I like the 3-piece Reiner bit that reinsman makes. Movable shanks (5" cheek" with a copper roller. ST did (her training has been ruined by someone currently..so we're going back to snaffle, lol) absolutely stunning in it, she loved the roller and double joint (she doesn't like the single jointed snaffle I have..but she'll deal with it until I can find a double somewhere around here and afford it, lol), and I loved that she didn't toss her head everytime I put any amount of pressure on it (she did in the hack she was originally in).
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