snaffle

I’ve been seeing images like this making rounds. I understand this is just a snaffle and the “it’s a kind bit” and “I have soft hands” stuff. Save it. It’s not about this bit being rainbow. It’s about the majority of the people who would buy something like this are people who buy things because they are pretty and make them look good instead of thinking about what would be most comfortable for their horse. 

This trend may start out in just snaffles, but it could easily make it’s way up to something much worse. Nobody would question it either because all they would think was “pretty colors” or some idiocy like that. 

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@betweentwoears Offers a Picturesque Perspective on the Irish Countryside

To see more of Alex and Ben’s jaunts, follow @betweentwoears on Instagram.

Between the ears of Alex Calder’s (@caldalex) trusted chestnut thoroughbred Ben lies one of the finest views of the Irish countryside. “Where we live is an old part of Ireland, and it’s quite historic,” says Alex. “It’s where the Vikings came when they landed in the 800s or 900s. There’s an old, ruined castle, an 800-year-old church and an old corral, which apparently King John of England camped in.” Her scenes from the saddle on @betweentwoears draw inspiration from “The Finest View in Europe,” a painting by English artist Charles “Snaffles” Johnson Payne. “It’s just the horse’s head and neck and ears, and he’s looking over the fields. I always think of it when I take photos,” Alex says.

Luckily, Ben is mostly patient during impromptu photo shoots on their rides. “You can see how alert he is,” she says. “When I stop and take pictures, he sort of sticks his head up and pricks his ears.”

hey can we all collectively stop the fuckin insistance that bauchers are stronger than regular snaffles? please? cuz they are not, (unless the mouthpiece is a lot thinner or is twisted in some fashion) they are literally just snaffles that are a little bit more stable in the mouth than your standard loose ring or eggbut and they actually take pressure off of the poll when pressure is put on them (this is actually tested in this video)

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what business have you? — charlie quigley. curly-haired cherub. i used to magic sweeties from your ears. do your remember? — what do you want? — your mumma has taken something that isn’t her’s. — she’s no thief. — no, she’s the worst kind. she’s a people thief. sees someone she has need of, snaffles them away, never to return. where’s she taken emily? — mumma doesn’t know or care where emily lacey is. — when did your mother ever let a dog lie? she feeds on vengeance like maggots on a corpse.

K, maybe this is an unpopular opinion but don’t use snaffles on your horse if you can’t stop it after a mild freak out? Or if your horse/you pulls so hard you end up with blisters on your fingers? A snaffle might be soft, but if you are pulling hard enough to have sore arms and blisters you are clearly not using it softly.

If your horse can do arena work with a snaffle but can’t go trail riding with one without it being borderline dangerous, just use it while doing arena work!

So I heard a great explanation as to why we need to make sure we hold a steady contact with the outside rein (something I still struggle with) and its so simple and obvious idk why I never thought of it!

With a single or double jointed snaffle, if you use the inside rein and the outside rein independent of each other without holding steady contact, you end up just sliding the bit back and forth through the mouth and you risk pulling the bit all the way through if you use a strong rein pressure.  This is exactly why I had so many issues with Bubs gaping his mouth.  I thought I was being clear and light, yet every time I used a rein, no matter how ‘light’ my hands were, the whole mouthpiece was sliding back and forth.

When you hold contact with the outside rein, you can use your inside rein more effectively because the only half of the mouthpiece moves, whole the other remains steady with contact.  Its easier to ask for softness and bend on the inside rein this way.

anonymous asked:

So like, question: I was listening to TSR (AGIAIN. I have a printed version, audiobook, and kindle version. Gotta be prepared.) and I was thinking, "how on earth do they bridle these horses?" Because sometimes I have to stick my finger in my mare's mouth and tickle her tongue to get her to take the bit. And I just can't imagine someone sticking fingers into a Capall mouth, hahaha.

I’m dying to know the mechanics of it too! I’d love to hear from my equestrian followers: How do you think it’s done? It seems a risky business any way you slice it!

Maybe all the bridle itself and all the charms hanging off of it subdues them enough to get them to take the bit? Here’s one of the many references of the capaill uisce wearing these charmed bridles: “The ones we have caught struggle against us in bridles hung with bells and red ribbons, iron and holly leaves, daisies and prayers.” Although it should be noted that Sean doesn’t have to use these sorts of charms on Corr, so obviously there’s another way.

Bitting Up

Kind of beating a dead horse here but… I just want to clarify my stance on when I believe bitting up is appropriate.

When you use a double bridle or pelham,

 or a gag/snaffle combo,

or any other bit combo with a snaffle option, your allowing yourself the option to  use a bit with a snaffle like action.  If you’re a responsible and skilled rider, you’ll be able to use said bit with two reins, always giving your horse a chance to respond to soft contact and half halts on a smooth snaffle mouthpiece.  When  your horse is very excited/ over threshold and won’t respond as well to the snaffle action, you’ll have the ability to apply leverage/gag action with your second rein.  When the horse responds, you’ll be able to go back to “neutral” and use the snaffle action again.  Thats how negative reinforcement works.

If you use a gag bit or curb bit with only one rein, whether its using a rein converter, or wether the rein is only attached to a bit ring with gag or leverage action, your only option for communicating to your horse is said severe action.  You don’t have a neutral option.  This is exactly how horses learn to habituate to strong pressure.  You don’t establish a less severe option for communication, so that more severe option becomes the “neutral”.

Now say instead of a smooth mouthpiece, you use a dr. bristol, waterford, or some twisted bit variety… again, your only form of communication via the mouth is with a severe action.  You don’t have a neutral to fall back on when your horse is responding, so again, the severe action will become the “neutral”.

These reasons are why I am staunchly against riding in gags, pelhams, doubles, etc. with one rein/one rein with converters, and any/all severe mouthpieces.