Common Misconceptions

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Talk

Common Misconceptions

This is a discussion on Common Misconceptions within the Horse Talk forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-21-2009, 12:08 AM
Common Misconceptions

Things I see on here a lot that frustrate me... Feel free to add!

1. Snaffle vs. Curb: There is NO SUCH THING as a snaffle with shanks. Full stop. ANY bit that uses leverage is a curb. A snaffle is a bit that exerts 1:1 pressure, I.e. 1lb of pressure on the rein, 1lb pressure on the mouth. A curb bit is any bit that increases the ratio any higher than 1:1, I.e. 1lb pressure on the rein, 2lb pressure on the mouth. Both curbs and snaffles can have mullen, jointed, double jointed, ported, rubber, sweet iron mouthpieces. One or the other does not denote what class the bit falls into.

2. Albino Horses: They don't exist! Horses that look white are either grey or dilute (i.e. Perlino, Cremello, etc). Albinism is presented with lack of ANY pigment. This means pink skin, white hair/nails and red eyes. Always. The lack of any of these means the animal is not a true albino.
Sponsored Links
    07-21-2009, 12:42 PM
Chat Moderator
I agree Wild_Spot. I am sure there other misconceptions. By riders and horsemen of all riding style and events.
    07-21-2009, 12:45 PM
Green Broke
^^ Yes, there are many more. Just ask any gaited owner (such as myself). There are plenty gaited misconceptions. I don't feel like listing all of them or starting any fights, though, so I'm going to skip listing them.
    07-21-2009, 12:46 PM
Hmm maybe they are misconceptions but their also might be people who don't really know and are trying to learn :) Just saying because I know I am one of those people....I am just starting to learn about bits and purposes etc and everything else horse related LOL it's a lot to learn and observe but I can understand how misconceptions happen :)
    07-21-2009, 07:24 PM
I think I may have written that wrong... Lol. I don't get frustrated with people who don't know the correct term etc... It's more that I get frustrated with epople who SHOULD know these things and have an opportunity to teach others but istead continue to give out incorrect information! A prime example is tack shops selling curb bits such as a tom humb as a snaffle. It may make more new horse people buy the bit, but it does nothing to help people educate themselves and treat their horses correctly!
    07-21-2009, 07:56 PM
Yeah, you're first point was probably directed at me. It is a logical thing to speak of a shank snaffle as they are sold through the US, Australia, and the web whether they technically exist or not. Those happen to be the ones I've been interested in, and they happen to hold the title "shank snaffle".
    07-21-2009, 08:47 PM
Just about the Albino horses, their was an old horse at my riding school & he was completely white, he had pink skin, but you could see it really well, around his eyes & around his nose & mouth. He had very freakishly red eyes too. I thought he looked really scary hehe.
    07-21-2009, 10:37 PM
Then he was a cremello. Albino horses don't exist.
    07-21-2009, 11:19 PM
Green Broke
Correction. Albino horses are born dead. So there is such a thing, a dead thing, but a thing.
    07-21-2009, 11:41 PM
Originally Posted by .Delete.    
Correction. Albino horses are born dead. So there is such a thing, a dead thing, but a thing.
Why is that?

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Common Feeds NSC levels Peggysue Horse Health 3 06-10-2011 12:45 PM
What Conformational Faults are Common to Certain Breeds? Jubilee Rose Horse Talk 48 04-02-2009 09:46 AM
Common Law vs Married my2geldings General Off Topic Discussion 32 02-12-2009 12:26 PM
Common Ridings Siggav Horse Videos 6 02-11-2009 08:41 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:10 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0