What’s Wrong in This Photo?

Last week at Dennis Moreland Tack, we discussed appropriate adjustment of the curb (chin strap or curb strap). In this image, the curb is adjusted too tightly, causing it to have consistent contact with the underside of the jaw.
This tight change is forcing the bit to remain in a backward rotation and the mouth piece to apply continuous pressure to the steed’s tongue, bars, and lips. The brakes are constantly on!
This can make the horse awkward and he could throw his head or set his head behind the vertical in an attempt to get away the consistent tightness. He will not have the ability to carry the bit properly when the curb is too tight.
When the curb is adjusted properly and the reins are pulled, a forward rotation of the bit occurs, which triggers the curb to tighten. In turn, this triggers the horse to drop his head and bring it more vertically, and he decreases or stops. When he does this, it releases pressure on his poll, chin and mouth. This release also happens when you launch pressure on the reins.
To learn more on the kinds of curbs available at Dennis Moreland Tack visit: http://www.dmtack.com/pcategory/horse-bits/curb-straps/ or call 817-312-5305.
We’re a full-line handmade tack maker and we’re here to help you. Check out more from Dennis Moreland Tack below:
Curb Modification
Restricted Edition Headstall and Bust Collar
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