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post #1 of 9 Old 11-22-2018, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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so I just got my first horse, and he is a thoroughbred who was trained english, but we are going to switch him to western, as he is a fairly quiet and sound horse. So my question is, can you use a regular o-ring snaffle for western riding, because that is what he is used to. thanks, and happy trails

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Yes you can. You can teach him to respond to neck reining, too, if you wish. In the snaffle.
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Yes you can. You can teach him to respond to neck reining, too, if you wish. In the snaffle.
ok, thanks. and would you use it with a regular headstall?
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ok, thanks. and would you use it with a regular headstall?

Yes, I would (and do).
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My last two horses have been English, converted here.

I choose to ride them in my Western Headstalls, but with snaffle bits, loose ring was the choice of the last horse, we’ll see what the new one settles down to.


ETA...

If you intend to show in Western events then you may have to transition to a one handed curb. Or do as I do, ride Western Dressage, where a snaffle is OK.
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Just a note: A snaffle combined with a one-ear headstall can lead to some interesting moments. Unless it has a throat-latch. Been there, done that.
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-23-2018, 09:04 AM
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In a word - absolutely! If you are showing you will have to change but for every day enjoyment and schooling there's something beautiful about light hands and a snaffle bit.
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Mod Note
I have moved this thread from Western Pleasure to Western Riding
OP - Western Pleasure is a specific discipline/competition
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