My daughter's horse is trained in both English and Western. She is a better Western horse, but my daughter wants to show both. How do we keep her from getting confused?
As already been said, make sure you have two complete separate tack sets for each discipline.
And ride properly for each discipline. So if Western, that means a loose rein and one hand, and an even neck. And if English, that means contact on the bit, self-carriage, and two hands.
Horses are very smart, if you give them the proper cues to follow.
I will do the same concept with my barrel horses. I like to take them to local shows and do halter, showmanship, reining, competitive trail, etc so they can do more than just run around 3 cans. I use very specific headgear and bits for each event, as well as sport boots versus no sport boots. But it also has to do with my body language as we enter the arena. That tells them the most about what I expect them to do in that arena.
So unless google is wrong, the style of jointed bit attached to the shanks, is still a snaffle. but thanks :)
You cannot believe everything you read on the internet. Google IS wrong (although as pointed out, it's not Googles fault.) It is not
I can take a photo of an Appaloosa horse, and label it incorrectly as a Paint horse, and post it on the internet. Google will eventually "crawl" the photo and index it. So if you search for "Paint Horse" you will find my wrong labeled Appy horse.
Magazines and catalogs constantly label things wrong (I am especially annoyed by the "wormer" page that lists all the DEwormers for horses). Just because it is labeled as such, doesn't make it true.
This is a snaffle bit (no shanks).
This is NOT a snaffle bit. This is a Tom Thumb bit and it is often labeled incorrectly in catalogs as a shanked snaffle bit.
This bit COULD be either a snaffle bit or a curb bit. It depends on where you attached your reins.