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Curb Chain or no?
I am hearing conflicting information about using a curb chain/strap with a snaffle bit.
Do you or don't you?
I found this on the 'net. Agree?
Curb chains or straps have no effect on a true snaffle because there is no leverage to act upon. English riders do not add any type of curb strap or curb chain to a snaffle bit. While some riders in western disciplines do add a curb strap to the rings, it is merely a "hobble" for the rings, has no leverage effect and is there only as a safety feature to prevent the rings from being pulled through the mouth of the horse, should the animal gape open its mouth in an attempt to avoid the bit.
I used to when my horse was first starting to be ridden. She would pull on the bit and open her mouth, causing the bit to slide out to one side. I used a curb chain until she stopped doing that just so the bit would stay in her mouth.
That's a western thing. I would guess the only purpose is to keep from pulling it through the mouth. But, who would do that?
What other purpose would a strap have?
On a shanked curb bit, obviously western, I've always been under the impression it does add to the leverage and effectiveness of the bit. Don't see the purpose in English.
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Thanks for the replies. That is what I had been thinking but I know others who insist that a chain be used with a snaffle. Until they explain why, I guess I can assume it is for helping the bit not slide.
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