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post #1 of 14 Old 06-03-2020, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Transition to a curb bit-- what to buy?

Looking to transition into a curb bit from my current snaffle. I have worked my western mare on neck reining at the snaffle bit and would like to transition to one handed riding. What curb bit should I start with?
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-03-2020, 03:48 PM
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What kind of snaffle bit mouth have you been using?

I like the Myler bits and also Jr. Cowhorse bits - if she needs a reminder on what to do, I am comfortable with both of these being used two-handed.
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Right now I'm using just a basic O ring snaffle
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I bought the Mylar stage one that matches my mylar snaffle. I have not started using it yet but I think it will work well. They are pricey but I like them.

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I also think the mouthpiece of your snaffle is a good indication on what direction to go on your transition bit.

These are my two go to bits but I think it should be noted I use a pretty straight mouthed snaffle, whether the single joint or double joint with a life saver. (I know a lot of people like a big amount of tongue relief even in the snaffle and it works for them but I have a hard time adjusting those bits correctly and using it on my personal horses)
Also I do use a hackamore(bosal) when the occasion permits.

I have a little Keith Welling short shanked "snaffle" with a dog bone a lot of horses seem to like.
However if the mouthpiece seems too busy and worries them I will put my solid short shanked mullen on.

Both are loose cheeked and I always start with a leather curb strap not a chain.
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I've had good success with Billy Allen curbs:


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This is my current and then the one I plan to upgrade to. (I used it for an online show because of his age but he's not ready for it).
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@farmpony84 , do you care to share with a picture how you adjust that snaffle where it works?
I have bought a few Myler bits over the years, snaffles and shanked styles, and can't seem to get a handle on how to adjust them in the mouth (snaffles mainly). I want a horse to try to pick them up and work on the corners of the mouth without the center of the mouthpiece really dropped so they can hold it. Or it seems half the mouthpiece comes out the corners of the lips if it's adjusted high to keep it where they want to pack it.

It might of been on here but I had someone tell me or read the Mylers work the best on a thicker tongued horse and hard to adjust or dont really work well on small tongue/mouthed horses?

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Personally, and I am an English rider, so excuse me if you find this advice doesn't fully apply.

I usually put them in an elevator or gag with double reins, then a double bridle, then a gentle curb (again, only when I'm training western trail horses, as usually I do not ride single handed).

I would use a curb with a mouthpiece similar to the mouthpiece of the snaffle you're riding in (i.e. if it's a iron or copper mouth or thinner/thicker).
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A trainer friend of mine usually puts them in a Springsteen bit after the snaffle. I go with the Mylar Level 1 HBT shank bit. I've used both and for me they both did the job with the same end results.
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