Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
OK, fair enough, and what you are talking about with a spade bit, mouth confirmation etc. Is exactly why I have a spade bit (would have a few variations if I had the cash) have a San Joaquin bit and would have a few others, such as a half breed and/or a Salinas (if I had the money) and totally agree. But how many people even know what these bits are, much less know how to use them, and in the context of this thread, would just introduce complexity that isn’t needed. I have seen I don’t know how many people on horses all my life and from right across the north of Australia working cattle, on places up to and including a million acres, and never seen anything done on a horse, including roping, that couldn’t be done in a snaffle. The point I make is that ON AVAREGE it’s not what you have on your horses head that makes the biggest difference but how you use it; Id hardly call something like a a spade bit average.
As for the great chin strap curb strap debate of 2012, I call a chin strap the thing that Tinyliny posted, exactly the same as on my eggbut snaffle, I call a curb strap essentially the same thing except that has straps and buckles that allows for adjustment, that goes on a shanked bit. And yes, as Tinyliny pointed out, on those bits serves a specific function and is different to what it would do on a snaffle, no argument from me there. As for a curb chain, never used one, so no comment.