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post #11 of 14 Old 06-07-2008, 11:31 AM
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Yeah a D ring shouldn't be sliding through your horses mouth. Blu probably has it right that your bridle needs to be tightened.

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post #12 of 14 Old 06-12-2008, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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ok..*off to get hole puncher**

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post #13 of 14 Old 07-09-2008, 05:28 AM
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hmmm not so sure that its the bridle's fault - do you have one wrinkle at each corner of his mouth from the bit? If so, the bridle sholud be fine. Sometimes the bit can slide through the horses mouth if you pull on one rein and let the other go slack. Ideally, when you use one rein, the other should still have contact to stop it sliding through.

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post #14 of 14 Old 07-11-2008, 12:42 AM
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The main difference is the full cheek snaffle is more severe.

The loose ring snaffle has the same amount of pressure to the mouth as what you put into your hands, it has a bit more play in the horse's mouth.

The Full cheek snaffle sends more signal to the horse when you put pressure on the reins. The bar part of the snaffle is attached to the keepers on the bridal which puts some poll pressure. So when you pull on the reins, it will pull the bar forward a little bit, putting some pressure on the poll.

I would always try to ride your horse on a regular snaffle before working your way to a full cheek or anything else. You would be surprised how severe even the more "simple" bits actually are.

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