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    Default What kind of bit is this?




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    It's a snaffle and a hack with a connector



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    Adding on-is it common for a horse to wear a snaffle and a hackamore at the same time? I can see that the snaffle looks to be rubber/something soft, so would someone maybe just have a bit as a backup or because their horse responds better to both mouth and poll? Or does it just depend on the horse/rider/situation?

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    Interesting. I wonder if its because they horse doesn't respond well to leverage on the mouth? Therefore you have a soft snaffle, but then the hackamore to put some pressure on the nose if the horse gets strong. Because there are always hackabits (which I actually really like, but, can have a lot of action).



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    The snaffle looks like Aurigan or rubber to me, and it's connected via rein converters to a mechanical hackamore. The nose looks to be vet wrapped for a little more padding.

    Kate- hackabits have a lot more leverage action in the horse's mouth. A lot of horses won't tolerate that amount of action in their mouth, so the snaffle/hackamore set up works better for them.

    Electrikk- I wouldn't say it's necessarily "common" but the combination has certainly become more popular; I think in part because the late Hickstead wore the combination, and people thought, "huh. Maybe this is worth a shot." It's even started to make its way into eventer-land. Since the bit is connected by a rein converter, it is not a "back up" but part of the whole get up. Rider applies pressure on the reins, and horse feels a little in his mouth from the snaffle, and a bit (no pun intended) more on his nose/poll from the hackamore. Does that help a little?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Electrikk View Post
    Adding on-is it common for a horse to wear a snaffle and a hackamore at the same time?
    They're kind of the bit du jour in the jumper ring right now. Sort of like Mikmars a few years back.

    It's a lot of bit - definitely not something to play around with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerJumper View Post
    Kate- hackabits have a lot more leverage action in the horse's mouth. A lot of horses won't tolerate that amount of action in their mouth, so the snaffle/hackamore set up works better for them.
    Yep, thats is what I figured. Its sort of a hackabit conversion, lol. I know that the hackabit I've used has loooong shanks. Not all horses would be cool with that.



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    I remember reading an interview with Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum about this combination (Shutterfly used it sometimes too) and she said she really liked how he went in the hackamore but added the snaffle for better steering (iirc.)



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