Curb Strap Adjustments
- March 20, 2015
- Lynn Kohr
Curb straps, chin straps… What is their purpose and how in the world should they be adjusted?
Previously on Cavvy Savvy there was a blog post on how to properly attach a curb strap. Today, I’ll quickly explain how I like them to be adjusted once they are on properly.
Honestly mine are loose, probably a bit too loose! I use the old standby adjustment, two fingers. Of course, as with all things, I start here and then make finer adjustments.
The curb strap is the fulcrum for leverage on the bit. The tighter the curb strap the quicker the leverage affects the horse’s mouth. The looser the curb strap, the less leverage and less bit action there will be on the horse’s mouth.
I slip my two fingers perpendicular to the strap and make sure there is room for them comfortably under the strap and against the horse’s chin. This is a safe and wise place to start out with any curb strap adjustment.
About Lynn Kohr
I am a barrel and pole horse trainer, giving springtime barrel racing and pole bending clinics and workshops, competing in barrel racing and pole bending futurities while marketing our horses for sale. I am a Mom of 3: Sage, Cedar, and Stratton. And wife of...