Originally Posted by jazzyrider
i know JDI didnt respond to this but im going to. JDI is right when she says that every horse can be ridden in a snaffle. just because a horse goes badly for a while doesnt mean he cant be ridden in it. i always always always use snaffles and ive had some pretty out there horses. it depends on the horse as to how long it will take but every horse will do fine with a snaffle eventually. some need more time to get the concept. but its not just the horse. the rider has to know what he/she is doing as well. between a knowledgable rider and proper training techniques any horse will eventually soften and do well with a snaffle. not everything happens overnight but with patience progress can be made.
for the benefit of people who are just learning stuff here with us it would be good to state that something like not every horse being able to have a snaffle is what you have found in your experience but does not make it rule of thumb for every horse everywhere.
Thank you, Jazzy. I've ridden the best and worst of them, and every one I felt could be worked in a snaffle... or rather, a French Link, but I'll use the term snaffle for simplicity sake.
I believe that ALL horses can be ridden in a snaffle if you know how to train them properly to accept that - even the mose ornary, hard-mouthed horses - why do you think you have to ride in one for lower levels of dressage? The horses have to respond to the snaffle first. The snaffle is a part of the double bridle, and the rein that you should be riding on unless you need to tweak the curb just for an extra edge for a couple strides.
Junior, we're not attacking you. We're stating our opinions, and I hate to bring it up, but we do have a few years on you...
"When he wants to do what he wants to do" then he doesn't want to listen to you - which is a problem, but we've all gone through that. It's just a matter of realizing that you are the boss, and what you say goes, period, no ifs ands or buts.
My old gelding had a mouth like rock, but I worked through it, and when I sold him I had him working in both a snaffle and double bridle.
I'm very passionate about this, because I went through the "tougher bits=more control" phase as well... When I start to work with my mare, it will be in a snaffle or french link, even though the previous owner said she "needed" a curb... it's not happening.