Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Ahh.. if you are direct reining, I strongly strongly urge you to use a snaffle bit. By direct-reining on a curb, you are putting more force into any rein command than is necessary. When you pull with one pound of force, depending on the length and shape of the shanks, the horse feels at least twice, more likely three or four times the pressure on his mouth and jaw.
Curb bits are to be used with horses that know how to neck-rein... when a horse neck-reins, there is no pressure on his mouth when asking for turns... the turn aid comes from pressure on the neck, not the mouth.
No whoa is completely and totally a training issue (as long as the horse is not in any pain anywhere) not a bit issue.
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Last edited by JustDressageIt; 05-21-2010 at 01:36 PM.