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  • Can you direct rein with a low port bit
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    01-05-2012, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by whispering willow    
Oh Yeah and Cow Chick! My friend who came over said it also might be the shank that would be pinching him when I pull back, should I change from a chain one to a non chain one?
I almost never use a curb chain. I either use a flat leather curb strap or a rolled leather one. Start out with a flat leather.
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    01-05-2012, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by whispering willow    
does that mean they can eat grass with it?
A curb bit with curved shanks is easier for them to graze because the shanks aren't in the way as much. That's why they are called a grazing bit.

From what I understand, a curved shank bit will release quicker than one with straight shanks. However, the curved one can cause more of an increase in pressure applied than a straight shank. Don't quote me on that because I'm not an expert on bits. I could be wrong.

We use a combination bit on our horses, a curb bit with the snaffle mouth piece. They work well for our horses. Also, if and when you train them to neck rein, it really doesn't matter as much what bit is in their mouth.
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    01-05-2012, 09:38 AM
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Aaaaah that makes alot of sense usandpets :) And as you can tell i'm and no expert aswell. :P
     
    01-05-2012, 09:41 AM
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Is a curb Bit also a Gentle bit to use?
     
    01-05-2012, 09:44 AM
  #25
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If you look for posts by bubba13, she has a link to a bit page, or you may be able to ask her for some advice.
     
    01-05-2012, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by usandpets    

We use a combination bit on our horses, a curb bit with the snaffle mouth piece. They work well for our horses. Also, if and when you train them to neck rein, it really doesn't matter as much what bit is in their mouth.
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She is using a Tom Thunb right now, which is the bit you desribed above. I imagine she is using direct rein with this bit which causes a lot of problems and sends mixed signals.

With a square hinge port she can use a direct rein if needed. This bit you can ride two handed or one. Has a low port so it is gentle.
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    01-05-2012, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
She is using a Tom Thunb right now, which is the bit you desribed above. I imagine she is using direct rein with this bit which causes a lot of problems and sends mixed signals.

With a square hinge port she can use a direct rein if needed. This bit you can ride two handed or one. Has a low port so it is gentle.
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We use mostly direct rein too, especially when we have new riders or on our green horse. They seem to get the signals fine and no confusion. I usually ride one handed unless they are being a pain in the butt or going thru difficult terrain. Still our horses do fine but you are entitled to your opinion. Maybe our horses are special or just smart.
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    01-05-2012, 05:57 PM
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    01-05-2012, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by usandpets    
We use mostly direct rein too, especially when we have new riders or on our green horse. They seem to get the signals fine and no confusion. I usually ride one handed unless they are being a pain in the butt or going thru difficult terrain. Still our horses do fine but you are entitled to your opinion. Maybe our horses are special or just smart.
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Yes, I am entitled to my opinion, however the point I was trying to make was the OP was looking for an alternative bit because the one you described is the one she is using now and it isn't working for her.
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    01-05-2012, 08:10 PM
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Today, I went to a store close by and ordered a Curb bit. And I am new to this what is a direct rein or an indirect rein?
     

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