Bit Type, Bridle Style Impact Rein Tension

Researchers determined that, in one study, Western curb bits caused less rein tension than did English snaffles.
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Researchers determined that, in one study, Western curb bits caused less rein tension than did English snaffles. | Photo: iStock

Which setup results in the least rein tension: Western curb bits or English snaffle bits?

The answer might surprise you.

In a recent study, researchers in Germany determined that Western curb bits caused less rein tension than did English snaffles. They also found that one-handed riding is associated with more stable rein tension

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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