Originally Posted by wild_spot
I find this all really interesting. I campdraft, which I suppose is similar to the cow section of working cowhorse.
Campdrafting is done, on the whole, in snaffle bits. From the greenies right up to the open horses. I honestly can't even imagine doing a draft in a curb bit with a draped rein.
I wonder if the training of our draft horses is not as good as it could be because of the lack of progression in bitting. Or wether the use of a spade bit wouldn't be compatable with drafting.
I have always wanted to train a horse to a curb bit and/or a bosal, but I am always worried it will compromise their performance in a snaffle, which is what we have to use for competition.
I don't think there is any difference in the quality of training, regardless of bit progression. It's just a different style of training. From the videos I've seen of campdrafting (would love to see it live someday or even compete...I may just show up at your door someday LOL), there is quite a lot of rein/bit involvement and much of it is done on contact; therefore, the use of the snaffle bit.
Given training for both rider and horse on how to use and understand a curb bit properly, it would be the same result, just with less contact; i/e a draped rein.
Wanstrom, it is so nice to have you here! For a long time, it was basically just me and W_S (who I quoted above) who shared the same basic training philosophies and experiences with the cattle and ranch type work, then along came Cowchick, and now you're here. It is really nice to meet other women who share my ideas and ideals regarding horses and their training