the lip strap is used to stop the curb chain from twisting which is why the English curb chain has an extra loose link For the lip l,strap to pass through.
It seems to be becoming obsolete.
I am always shocked to see how many top dressage riders ride not only without a lip strap on the double bridles but also that the running head that the Bridoon (snaffle) fits to is done up on the left when it should be on the right to balance the buckle of the noseband.
Then again I am getting older and could be considered old fashioned!
Oh OK sounded like it was for control which didn't make a ton of sense. That makes more sense but I feel if done up correctly it won't be twisting? I'll stick to not using it, I don't show or ride hard core.
BugZapper, the daughter is an experienced rider. The mother is an amateur and came on here looking for guidance as to how to put it together. If you read I specifically asked (in a NICE way) if the daughter was also an amateur as I don't feel the bit is appropriate if so. The mother responded and clarified that she is not. Just because some people do things differently doesn't mean it's wrong. Especially with something as stupid as swapping bits. Your trainer does it one way and I see absolutely NOTHING wrong with this trainer's way. Maybe she doesn't have a pelham atm? Does it matter? Seems like a really
stupid thing to be upset over.
I'd be ****ed if I was an experienced rider and got kicked off my horse so the trainer could try a new bit. And surprisingly sometimes it can be tricky to hire someone simply to be able to ride the ponies. There really aren't that many 80lb adults running around let alone ones who ride well.
Thought you didn't work with H/J barns? Since other people clarified you CAN show in these bits.
Don't see how the trainer being in the hospital is at ALL relevant. I have a scheduled appointment for an all day hospital procedure next week. Obviously that means I'm a poor horseperson..
To everyone saying it's bad to ride with one rein. I agree it's not what the bit is designed for BUT is not a bad thing IF the person understands there is constant curb pressure and rides accordingly. Look at a Kimberwicke or something... Hackamores... A lot of those your ride with some forgiving contact, no you shouldn't be yanking or cranking but the OPs daughter is experienced and this was bought for a VERY specific purpose...
Wow this thread has gone O/T... I see NOTHING that should have people jumping to conclusions...