The question of whether it's better to have a major brass snap like Parelli, or leave off all hardware on halters & ropes has been on the back burner of my mind for a long time, since I've gone with PNH & own the lead with snap. I just watched another horseman on youtube give 4 good reasons to forego a snap, & on the other side, the only reasons I can think of to have a snap are to facilitate quick lead exchanges & to have an effective phase 4/under chin thunk. To have an effective phase 4 is necessary; yet I see other horseman who don't use snaps doing fine without them, so I'm thinking that a chin thunk with snap isn't the only effective phase 4, & perhaps not the best (sensitive nerves under chin can be damaged).
The 4 reasons I gleaned from the youtube video are:
1. Snaps bang on horse's chin as he moved around.
2. Snaps are unnecessary weight on the horse's head.
3. Snaps impede training/communication: as they swing/flop around, they give confused signals to the horse when he's being handled, & their weight alone impedes precise & light signals.
4. Snaps can break, causing injury to horse & human, aside from then requiring replacements.
I looked for explanation from PNH online & found none, & my Level 1 & 2 don't go into the reasons, either. I'm sure that somewhere Pat explains why he uses the snap, but couldn't find it!
Does anyone have any answers re: this issue?