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Switching Lenox from snaffle to curb?

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    02-04-2011, 08:39 PM
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You CAN test out/teach her to neckrein in a snaffle. All you do is just use your reins like you were riding in a curb and use your legs to steer. That's what I did to Lacey, I trained her to neck rein by just using my legs and laying the rein against her neck when I wanted to turn and it took her about a month of only riding once a week to catch on completely. She was obviously still "green" at it by that point but she was neckreining reliably. Now that it's been a year, she's perfect. I hardly ever have to direct rein, even when she's excited.
I could put her in a curb if I wanted to, but since she can't have a snaffle in her mouth becuase of her melanomas, I'm not sure if she could have a curb either. I might decide to try at some point since Arabs+curbs=DROOL, but currently, I just neckrein her in my bitless shindig and she does fine.

This is the kind of curb I plan to get if/when I get one (smrobs recommended, lol):
SS Hinged Ported Roller Futurity Bit 5in - Horse.com

And, this is THE bit smrobs recommends to people and uses herself (can you tell that smrobs is my cowgirl hero? Hahaha):

NP Sweet Iron Loose Cheek Western Curb Bit 5in - Statelinetack.com
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    02-04-2011, 08:45 PM
^Thanks Wallaby, which one should I get of those two?
    02-04-2011, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
^Thanks Wallaby, which one should I get of those two?
No problem! :)
I like the first one the best because I think the little dots are adorable. However, the shanks are a little longer which has the possibilty to make it more severe, especially since Lenox is still learning (and you'll probably need to correct her more).
I think I'd go with the second one just because it has more of a tried and true track record and then, if you decide you want something a little fancier for showing, maybe get the first one. They're both pretty inexpensive so having both is probably a possibilty for you, I don't know though. :)
    02-04-2011, 09:16 PM
As she is technically my mom's horse, I'll have to see what I can do about having her buy it

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