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post #1 of 6 Old 04-30-2014, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Snaffle or curb?

If I ride my horse in a western pleasure class (not at a big show, just a small, local show) and I want to ride him two handed, but still keep him on a loose rein, should I use a snaffle or a curb?
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I would first check with the show host to see what is acceptable at the show.

For example, at the schooling show at my barn, you can show in whatever you want (snaffle, curb, bosal), regardless of the age of your horse (generally, a horse over five must be shown in a curb). However, at the other schooling show in my area, they strictly adhere to the rule of curbs-only on horses over 5yo.

That being said, if you're going to ride two-handed, do it in a snaffle.
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You can only two hand in a Snaffle or a bosal. It is a DQ if you two rein in a curb. You must also be in a curb if your horse is 6 or over if your club is going by Aqha rules. Two handing in a snaffle or bosal is only for junior horses under 6. :)

But always check with your club first to make sure.
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I've seen people at this show ride horses in snaffles, and I know some of them are over 5, so I believe it's ok, but I will check.
Like I said, these shows I'm talking about are pretty laid back, for both English and western.
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This will be my horse's western showing debut, and he neck reins fine but I want to do two-handed for speed check, and once he gets better I'll probably transition to one hand.
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I would stick to one handed, you'll be less tense, If he rides decent you can still check him one handed.
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