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Posted 2/14/2015 12:39:12 PM


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Bits will forever confuse me. What is the english bit equal of a curb as far as strongness? Jackie goes very badly in a D-Ring (aka won't stop) so I've just been riding her in her western bridle but that of course looks dorky with her english saddle lol.



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Instead of jumping to a strong bit, get her soft in the mouth. Do lots of flexing and teaching her to break at the poll. There's like a zillion different mouth pieces for both snaffles and curbs. You could try a french link if you want more tongue pressure, or you could do something with a port. Or if you actually need something with some bite to it you could try a fast twist. Or there's kimberwicks cuz that's still a curb.

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Posted 2/14/2015 6:17:17 PM
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There's no real equivalent because snaffle bits and curb bits have very different action. Some snaffles are harsher than some curbs, but harsh in a different way.
If she goes well in a curb, you could use a pelham for english (with TWO reins) since pelhams have a snaffle action (snaffle rein) and curb action (curb rein).

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Posted 2/15/2015 5:15:12 PM


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Thanks guys. I had wondered about a pelham because thats what I always used riding saddleseat so I'm pretty familer with them, but are they allowed for hunters and such?



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Posted 2/15/2015 7:00:50 PM


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Thanks guys. I had wondered about a pelham because thats what I always used riding saddleseat so I'm pretty familer with them, but are they allowed for hunters and such?
Yes! They are pretty common in hunters. Good choice too since you're already familiar with them. Just make sure you get the right one as they are quite a bit shorter then most of the ones you see in saddleseat.

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