Greetings and Salutations,
Iím thinking of (or rather the better half is pushing for) changing my present bridle/reins arrangement.
Currently Iím using a standard bridle with broken snaffle bit with egg butt rings, slobber straps, and mecate reins. I love my mecate setup and have found it to work very well for me.
The horse neck reins well and I rarely, if ever, have to reef in on the reins to stop. That being said my horse has always had a habit of throwing his head and chewing on the bit. My feelings on the matter have been, and still are, rather nonchalant.
The wifeís ideas, after attending a Julie Goodnight clinic, are less so. Sheís convinced that the snaffle is creating a pinching (nut cracker) action and that the horse isnít comfortable thus needing a new bit.
Sheís decided that a leverage (shank) bit with independent shanks and a low port will be more comfortable for him and thus end the head tossing.
She procured said shank bit and I attached it to the bridle (what else was I supposed to do?) I canít say that Iíve noticed a significant change in behavior but havenít put that many miles on the new setup.
So now on to my question.
How best to attach a mecate setup to a shank bit? The rein holes are too small for the slobber straps and Iím not sure they would even be a good idea at this point. I tried running the mecate through the same holes but again a very tight fit. I ended up just putting split reins on.
Any suggestions on how I can use my mecate with this kind of setup?