Stick This in Your Mouth and Tell Me How You Feel

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If you see a bit like this, RUN, DON’T WALK, TO THROW IT IN THE GARBAGE.  I took this photo off a horse retail website, with comments next to it like:  ” . . .for teaching reining to a gentle horse”, and “young mare needed a shank snaffle”.

A broken mouthpiece bit is not the same as a snaffle bit.  The definition of a snaffle bit is that there is a 1:1 ratio between the reins and the input to the horse’s mouth.  The torture device pictured above not only amplifies the rider’s pressure on the mouth, it pokes the broken mouthpiece into the  horse’s mouth.  Control is achieved through pain or the threat of pain, without an iota of feel.

I’ve never been involved in a pursuit that involves more erroneous and potentially dangerous information that horsemanship does.  I encourage everybody to share this with their horse friends and make informed decisions about everything we do for, or to, our horses.

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