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post #1 of 5 Old 09-12-2010, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Going back to the snaffle?

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I feel that my horses transition to a curb bit was really rushed and I skipped some important parts. He is 10 and is in a very mild low port curb he goes alright in it but I would like to work him in a snaffle to soften him more. Can I do this or is it pointless?
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-12-2010, 10:32 PM
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Of course you can do it and more training can never be pointless. I will occasionally put my older guys back in a snaffle just to sharpen them up. If done correctly, even on those old broke horses, the change when you decide to put them back in a curb is incredible.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-12-2010, 10:53 PM
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I totally agree. Sometimes they just need a break...something different.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-12-2010, 11:08 PM
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Never pointless, and a good way to 'retune' a horse up. I like going back and forth with a horse.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-15-2010, 09:13 PM
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I had a sixteen year old gelding that was very heavy on the bit, wouldn't stop, tossed his head, etc. I put him in a smooth mouth snaffle and started doing some flexing work (lateral, and then vertical). It took him a while to learn how to slow down (needless to say we loped a lot of circles to keep him from running away in a bit he didn't respect), but eventually he started to figure it out. I put him in a bit with shanks the other day and it is a night and day difference. Putting an older horse in a snaffle worked great for me!
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