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Bridle selection

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One of the most common things that we are asked to help new horse owners with is choosing and assembling a bridle. For our western bridles, there are typically 4 pieces to a complete bridle - the headstall, reins, bit, and a curb. The bit is the most important part, and it will usually determine what choices you should make for the other pieces.

Curb straps on Snaffle Bits - What do they do?

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A curb strap is typically used to apply pressure under a horse's jaw when the reins are pulled. When using a snaffle bit, there is no leverage to create that pressure. Yet people still use curb straps with the ring bits. You can see one in this Classic Equine photo attached behind the reins. While the curb doesn't function in the traditional 'curb' manner on a snaffle, this is a good safety feature. When you use a curb strap, you ensure that the rings of the snaffle bit will stay perpendicular, and on the horse's cheek, even if you have his head pulled around quite a ways.

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