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  • Legal snaffle western

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    05-26-2011, 03:25 PM
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Is this legal to show in?
FES F.G. Aluminum Smooth Snaffle in Shank Snaffles at Schneider Saddlery
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    05-26-2011, 07:57 PM
Yes, it should be legal to show in.
It's not really a snaffle though. Snaffle means lack of shanks, it's not the type of mouthpiece, although those are commonly called snaffles. Any western bit with a shank is actually a curb.
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    05-26-2011, 08:01 PM
*brain overheats*
I really hate it when manufacturers mislabel things.
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    05-26-2011, 08:04 PM
Really perpetuates the misconception that shanked bits can be snaffles if they have a jointed mouth, doesn't it?

Farmpony, what type of showing do you plan on doing?
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    05-26-2011, 08:22 PM
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I just bought a smaller port with a 6 inch shank. It was 62 bucks so hopefully it will work.

I show all around but I'm having some problems with the WP because my normally soft hands take on a mind of their own at shows. So I was trying to find something that would help make-up for my incredible hulk tendencys in the showring. I am hoping that I will overcome though...
    05-27-2011, 08:05 AM
I prefer a ported bit over a single jointed bit. I have over 60 bits here due to trying different ones out to see what my horses work best in.
My daughter's poor mare has been through a lot of bits over the years. A month or so ago my son wanted to ride her in his bridle, which still had his pony's double jointed curb on it. It was like she was another horse entirely. She loves that bit. Finding what bit a horse works best in and be a lot of trial and error. A hope the one you got works well for you. I know it can be frustrating when they can't actually tell you what they want.
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