Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Don't fix what isn't broken. I have 3 horses. Two use snaffles. The third uses a curb. The horses using snaffles are confident and relaxed in them, so why would I switch? The one using a curb would sometimes fight a snaffle - and there was nothing subtle about it. After about 3 rides (and with some ground training), she relaxed in a curb.
I would always start with a snaffle. If the horse is fine in one, I'd leave them in it. If there were problems, I might try an elevator or curb bit to see how the horse responded.
There is nothing harsh or ineffective about the communication with a snaffle. For many horses, they are great.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)