Re-training: Curb to snaffle. Quick question..
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Re-training: Curb to snaffle. Quick question..

This is a discussion on Re-training: Curb to snaffle. Quick question.. within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Going from curb to snaffle
  • Retrain older horse in snaffle

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-12-2010, 08:57 AM
  #1
Yearling
Re-training: Curb to snaffle. Quick question..

Okay so, I bought my boy this fall knowing he was a rescue. My first goal was to get him gaining weight. Well, he's packing on the pounds now and needs to be ridden regularly after winter or I'm afraid he'll start to get a bit chubby. Right now he currently rides in a plain old western curb with a low-ish port and curb strap. I would love to have him going in a loose ring snaffle, but every time I've tried, he runs right through the bit and when I ask for direction change, etc. he just plows right on where he wants to go. This does not happen in the curb. I was wondering if anyone has any advice of where to start training (or re-training) him to accept a loose-ring snaffle.

If it matters, he is 16 years old, Morgan cross, was a lesson horse in his early years, but was bought at a going-out-of-business auction and was locked in a stall for 8 years and was physically abused. I don't blame him for not having perfect manners under saddle.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    01-12-2010, 09:45 AM
  #2
Weanling
You need to keep his feet slow, even stopped at first, and work on lateral flexion. It sounds like he doesn't know how to give to the bit.

Lateral Flexion is The Key to Vertical Flexion with horses
     
    01-12-2010, 12:26 PM
  #3
Green Broke
May I ask why you want him to go in a snaffle? I can understand if you're planning on re-training him for English, but if he's happy and responsive in a curb, I don't see any reason to change it. A curb is not a harsh bit if used properly, and gives you the chance to use very refined signals. I would prefer it vastly to a snaffle because often it means a better trained horse who's more responsive.
     
    01-12-2010, 12:54 PM
  #4
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
May I ask why you want him to go in a snaffle? I can understand if you're planning on re-training him for English, but if he's happy and responsive in a curb, I don't see any reason to change it. A curb is not a harsh bit if used properly, and gives you the chance to use very refined signals. I would prefer it vastly to a snaffle because often it means a better trained horse who's more responsive.
I was thinking the same thing but after pushing the curb so much I thought I better keep my thoughts to myself.
He expressed exactly what I was thinking.
     
    01-12-2010, 01:30 PM
  #5
Weanling
This is a re-training project horse. I think you need to go back to a snaffle to start the re-training of horses so that you can fill in the holes as you go. A lot of times you don't know where the holes are until you come across them in the progression of training. Keeping him a curb only avoids fixing the holes, and you'll never know when that one issue might show up and cause a problem. (Think of a road with a small chunk of blacktop missing that doesn't get repaired. Sooner or later that missing part of blacktop is going to turn into a big pothole that could wreck a tire.) There are obviously holes in this horse's training if he runs through the bit & doesn't know direct steering. If the horse progresses quickly, there's no reason to not go back to the curb after the holes are filled and the basics are solidified.
     
    01-12-2010, 01:34 PM
  #6
Trained
Keep in mind that it is very possible that it has been more than a decade since he was ridden in a snaffle. If he rides well in a curb and neck reins you don't need to retrain so much as refresh what he already knows.
     
    01-12-2010, 04:24 PM
  #7
Yearling
Gotta Ride - Thanks for the link!

MacabreMikolaj - My plans are for him to be my English poneh. I've explored the option of getting an English leverage bit, but I just feel he needs so much training as he's lost so much over the years. When I ride him, I feel like he behaves with the curb more because he is afraid of it... I'm not sure how to explain it. I just feel like he needs retraining.

Kevinshorses - He doesn't neck rein. He only knows direct reining. Which cannot be properly (or very fairly) be done in a curb bit. Also, like I stated already in this reply, I'm wanting him to be my English mount.

Thanks for the replies, guys!
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
From snaffle to curb RiosDad Horse Training 53 01-20-2010 04:32 PM
Mechanical hackamore, snaffle question twogeldings Horse Tack and Equipment 3 06-25-2009 09:58 AM
Dbl wire twisted snaffle question AirbrushBobby Western Riding 2 06-10-2009 04:03 PM
Snaffle bit question 7Ponies Horse Tack and Equipment 26 05-31-2009 07:47 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0