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  • neck reining with a snaffle is wrong

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    11-06-2012, 02:19 PM
  #11
Yearling
Your horse DOES NOT need a shanked bit...we teach all our horses to neck rein in a snaffle.

This is what I do and has worked great for me.

When I ask with my leg I add rein and when they move I release the pressure. I do a lot of direction changes as well. I keep doing this until I can start using less leg as a guide. I also work them on the ground and using my fingers on their necks, when they move I release. I find it does help when I am asking with the rein.
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    11-06-2012, 07:30 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr    
Your horse DOES NOT need a shanked bit...we teach all our horses to neck rein in a snaffle.

This is what I do and has worked great for me.

When I ask with my leg I add rein and when they move I release the pressure. I do a lot of direction changes as well. I keep doing this until I can start using less leg as a guide. I also work them on the ground and using my fingers on their necks, when they move I release. I find it does help when I am asking with the rein.
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No one says they NEED a shanked bit. But it's easier to interfere with the other side of the mouth if you use a snaffle. A curb bit can offer a less confusing feel in their mouth. I've taught a few horses to neck rein in an english hackamore or a halter before too.

Ideally, you don't want to put any pressure on the mouth at all. But in the beginning they might not know how to "look" for the rein on the neck. In other words, if I laid the rein on their neck and made sure I put NO pressure on the outside rein (their mouth), and the horse didn't respond so I bumped with my leg/inside rein, the horse might not even realize there's another cue being asked because the rein touching their neck isn't exactly "obvious" to them. Later on, once they are used to the idea of neck reining, they will pay attention and understand the rein touching the neck = turn. So you want to have a bit, in the beginning, that won't interfere so much with the "wrong" side of the mouth. Not saying doing it in a snaffle is wrong or impossible, but looking at it from a mechanical point of view, using a mild curb is more effective. I think so, anyway.
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    11-06-2012, 07:39 PM
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Equilove - thank you for saying exactly what I wanted to say but am too lazy to on my phone. That's exactly right you don't need one - but the communication is far more clear and it takes the guess work out of the process forthe horse. It's just more clear communication for a horse who's learning, once they know the pre-cue of the rein touching the neck you could use any bit in the world or no bit- whatever you and your horse please.
I also don't see why people are so obsessed with snaffles, single jointed snaffles are pretty intense bits. Most horses I know prefer a port or double joints than typical single jointed snaffles- even if it comes with leverage - considering with leverage bits comes softer contact anyway.
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    11-06-2012, 08:12 PM
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I also don't see why people are so obsessed with snaffles, single jointed snaffles are pretty intense bits. Most horses I know prefer a port or double joints than typical single jointed snaffles- even if it comes with leverage - considering with leverage bits comes softer contact anyway.
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I never use single-jointed anything. I agree they can be icky. I want to find something that contours to the horse's mouth and gives clear communication but is still comfortable. A lot of people are unenlightened (I choose to use this word instead of "ignorant") when it comes to what actually happens inside the horse's mouth with a bit. "Oh its a snaffle, it must be gentle"
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