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post #1 of 11 Old 01-04-2013, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Question Hard Mouthed Horse-Slobber Straps?

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Slobber straps are used to give release to the horse a lot faster, which is what I`ve understood, correct me if I`m wrong

So do you think it is a good idea to start using them on my hard mouthed mare?
My plan with her is to try to stay away from the bit as much as possible by using my seat and legs more and to not rely on the reins.
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-04-2013, 11:08 AM
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I have never heard of them, so I googled..

Slobber straps are a double strap of leather with a hole in both ends. They are normally used with a snaffle and mecate reins. The slobber straps are folded and fit through the rings on the bit. They are designed to be used with a bit that has at least 3" rings so that there is room for the headstall and slobber straps.
The rein is attached through both straps with a half hitch knot which allows for easy adjustment and removal -- no matter how hard the rein gets pulled, this knot will easily loosen.

Slobber straps are especially useful to avoid wear on your mecate reins and they keep the reins out of the water when your horse gets a drink. The weight of the slobber straps assist with the mecate reins in providing an instant release (reward) to the horse when training. This is essential when you consider that you only have 2-3 seconds to reward your horse when you get appropriate behavior before the horse looses the concept of relating the behavior to the reward.

But I'm still none the wiser....! Stupid question from me - wouldn't you be better off training yourself to be more quick on the release and light with the hands? Or am I missing something?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but their purpose is for use with a mecate. Leather reins are heavier and therefore don't need slobber straps.
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They add weight to the reins so that the release is more instantaneous.. and easier to feel for the horse.
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-04-2013, 12:51 PM
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Slobber straps with mecate is heavier than any leather rein.

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When horses were ridden with the mecate it was made of horsehair, very light. The slobber straps/water straps were to protect the reins. They were also used with leather reins for the same reason, to protect from slobber and when drinking. Much cheaper to replace a short strap.That was when horses worked for a living and drank from creeks. Riders often use the heavier yacht rope and the slobber straps. I don't because the yacht rope is much heavier than the mane hair mecate, creating an imbalance of weight.
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Thanks for the reply guys!
I guess I might go shopping soon ;)

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-04-2013, 09:47 PM
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The slobber strap , if fittend correctly, can also provide a little presignal. The rider can signal the horse of a coming rein cue, just by lifting the rein, and as te slobber strap slides up the ring of the snaffle bit, it creates a change in feel, specifically, a bit of vibration of the the leather resisting on the metal. Teh hrose can feel this and may chose to obey before even the slightest pull is needed on the ring/moutpiece.
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Um, I wanted to step in and mention that anything can get good results if the rider's timing is good. However, if the rider's timing is bad, then nothing in the world is going to help except work and training on the rider's part.

Did the mare have a hard mouth when you got her? Have you tried working her consistently in the snaffle setup you have? How old is she? What is her training level? Do you know who trained her (professional training or the owner broke her to ride by plodding around in the backyard)?
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-04-2013, 10:10 PM
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tiny, how does that not happen with any other type of rein attachment?
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