Can you use one effectively with a snaffle bit?
Not really. To get any action out of a curb chain or strap, you need a bit with leverage, which comes from the side “arms” (shanks) See: Curb Bit Basics. Curb Bits have shanks that add leverage to the reins, enhancing the direct chin pressure from the strap that also magnifies the bar pressure in the horse’s mouth (see Bars) and engages the poll strap for pressure on the poll. All of this because of the shanks (which a snaffle bit does not have). With a snaffle, a curb strap is only used to center the bit in the horse’s mouth.
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