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Curb Chain for Horse Bits

Twisted Pelham snaffle bits with curb chain stainless steel

The curb chain for horse bits acts on the horse’s chin groove and comes into play when the rein contact is taken up if the curb chain is either too loose or too tight it will not be effective and especially if too tight will be very uncomfortable for the horse.

Different Types of Curb Chains and their Varieties

All curb chains should have a lip strap which passes through the fly ring on the curb chain or through the fly ring on the chain covering, this secures the curb chain in position.

Single Link Chain: Fairly strong in its design as the chain acts directly on the chin groove.

Double Link: Quite strong in design as the curb acts directly on the chin groove.

Elasticated Curb Chain: Mild in its actions due to the flexibility of the curb chain the pressure applied is not that strong.

Leather Curb Chain: Mild in its action

Rubber Covered Curb Chain: Mild in its activities due to the rubber softening the action of the chain.

Fitting a Curb Chain

Curb chains are used with pelham and curb bits. Fitting A Curb Chain curb chain must lye smooth and with no twists in the horse’s chin groove. The curb chain can be a single link chain, a double chain that gives sharper response, a chain set in a rubber sleeve or made out of leather or elastic which often suits very sensitive and responsive horses.

The curb chain comes into action when rein contact occurs on the curb bit, this causes the lower arm of the curb bit to be pulled backward thus engaging the horse curb chains which apply the pressure within the horse chin groove as well as causing pressure upon the bars and poll.

The chain can be either a single chain, rubber covered or double chain with the single link chain applying most pressure.

The very last ring in the chain should be passed through the hook on the right-hand side of the bit, then, lying flat with no twists the very last link of the chain is passed through the hook on the left-hand side of the bit.

The adjustment will then depend upon the length of the chain and your horses jaw, as a guide link another ring of the chain through the hook on the left so that when the curb rein is used the chain will then come into action and the pelham shanks will then be at a 45-degree angle to the horses mouth.

Regardless of the type of chain, there should be a lip strap that attaches through the central loop of the curb chain and onto the smallest shank loop on either side.

Curb chain for horse bits is used with pelham and curb bits. The horse curb chain must lye smooth in the horse’s chin groove and with no twists. The horse curb chain can be a single link chain, a double chain that gives a sharper response than a single link chain, a chain set in a rubber sleeve or made out of leather or elastic material which often suits a very sensitive horse and responsive horses.

The horse curb chains come into action when rein contact occurs on the horse curb bit, this causes the lower arm of the horse curb bit to be pulled backward thus engaging the horse curb chain which applies pressure within the chin groove and causing pressure upon the bars and poll.

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