International Horse News. As the western pleasure bits advances in his training and you are doing more advanced stuff, your horse will probably work better in the curb, provided you find the right bit for him. Julie Goodnight awesome info, watch her on youtube with horses as well. The HBT shank is quite short and has very little leverage. Even a finished show horse can benefit from being "schooled" in a snaffle during the off show season.
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If the curb bit is one solid piece, riding two-handed does not do any good because if you pick up on one rein, the whole bit western pleasure bits. What kind of shank bit do you recommend for the transition? It has nothing to do with the mouthpiece—being jointed doesn't make it a snaffle.
Just because it is a snaffle does not mean it is mild and a curb is not necessarily harsh; many curb bits are milder and more comfortable for the horse than snaffles. As the horse advances in his training and you are doing western pleasure advanced stuff, your horse will probably work better in the curb, provided you find the right bit bits him. A snaffle could have a solid mouthpiece and a bit with a joint in the mouthpiece but shanks is not a snaffle—it is a curb bit.
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