Curb Strap: How to attach the reins and curb strap properly to the bit.
The curb strap should be attached loosely, but not loose enough that the horse could get it in her mouth. It should be attached close to the mouthpiece of the bit with the reins attached behind the curb strap. In this way the curb strap does not move up the rings when the reins are picked up.
"Not sure if it's the bit, or a naughty horse or both" - It may be neither. The head tossing may be a dental issue. If you have not had your horse treated recently by an equine dentist, I would highly recommend that. There are many dental complications that can cause a variety of negative responses from your horse.
The head tossing may also be you. The reins are never to be pulled back. They are to be lifted only, affecting only the corners of the mouth. Pulling back on the reins can be causing the head tossing.
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Ed Dabney is an internationally acclaimed clinician, presenting horsemanship and riding clinics all over the US and in Europe. In 2007, Ed was named Champion of the East Coast Trainer Challenge Series by Equine Extravaganza. Ed was honored to have been selected by the University of Georgia to teach their senior level Young Horse Training course.
His training articles have appeared in many major national magazines. Ed produces instructional videos and the “Gentle Horsemanship” TV program which has been seen on RFD-TV.
Ed's blending of natural horsemanship and classical equitation has made an indelible mark with students all across the United States and now also in Europe, drawing the attention of serious riders searching for the lightest touch and the deepest connection with their horses irrespective of breed or discipline.