I do not see any reason to talk about how bits work when we are talking about teaching a cue with minimal contact at all. Obviously bits are important but this cue must be subtle from the start.
To me, training is training, training is done in a snaffle.
When the horse can go loose rein in a snaffle we will step up into the bridle. I don't plan on taking a whole ride to teach a young horse how to neck rein in a bit "designed" (In punks terms) for it, because then there's no follow through.
I show in only jointed curbs because I can do both lateral, vertical flexion and the finesse of the neck rein as well.
Never having to use the inside rein is a very definite term. I use the inside rein all the time. Lift the shoulders, counter arc, bend, counter canter, even one handed there are uses for the inside rein. Balance; Outside and inside hand, both legs, seat. Some are more subtle at time but as long as the reins are attached to the bit there will be use for all of those cues.
I'm afraid I don't see how your logic about the bits is working, Punk. I'd rather do all my training in a diverse bit than reserve a solid curb for teaching the neck rein. I don't use solid curbs at all anymore anyway unless I have the most bendy horse imagineable.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
Last edited by SorrelHorse; 11-20-2012 at 08:30 PM.