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A Little Bit Can Go a Long Way

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If you want your horse to continuously respond to the bit with the lightest cue on the reins you may want use an aluminum shanked bit. These are good mild bits to use when you transition your colt from a snaffle. They also work well on sensitive horses that are light in the face. They are lighter weight because aluminum weighs less than steel. This means less pressure on the mouth compared to bits with steel shanks.

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How to Attach Curb Straps and Bit Hobbles

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It looks so easy! Then you attach the new curb or bit hobble to your bit and there’s too many loops left over! Follow along as Dennis Moreland shows the simple way to keep track of where the loops and connector go back on the strap. The video demonstrates with a 4 loop strap but the guideline gives the steps for both 2 and 4 loop straps.
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The Secret to Attaching Spur Straps with Button Covers

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All the spur straps at Dennis Moreland Tack are made with an important safety feature: the inside spur button is covered with a thin leather teardrop so you won’t catch your buttons on each other or on your jeans and trip. This is important especially when doing any kind of ground work with your horses, colts or cattle!

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My Favorite Headstall Design from Matlock Rose

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In 1976 my friend Curly Tully and I were at Rex Caubel’s indoor arena in Denton TX for the North Texas Cutting Horse Association’s summer circuit show. As was the common practice in those days we cut for 3 days, had a day off and then cut for 3 more. Late in the afternoon before the day off Curly & I were visiting at my little tack display under the awning of my inline 2 horse trailer. Matlock Rose came up and asked Curly if he needed to work his horses the next day.

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Slot Conchos are Easy to Use and Safer than Chicago Screws for Attaching Bits to Headstalls

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We’ve all see those accidents when a concho comes loose and the bit is left hanging with no connection between the rider and the horse’s mouth. Slot conchos are the safest way to attach the bit end of your headstall to the bit because they won’t come untied and the strings that keep them in place are less likely to become worn than tie strings alone. They will never come unscrewed as can happen with screw conchos (also known as Chicago screws).

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How to Tie Rein Ends or Water Loops to Reins

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Rein ends, also known as water loops http://bit.ly/20fsiVp are short pieces of leather used to attach your reins to your bit with tie strings http://bit.ly/1n9YMBS. A rein end is attached to one side of each rein, looped through the bit ring and tied back to the opposite side of the rein. When a rein gets broken the tie string on the rein end will break or the rein will break in the hole the tie string was tied in which prevents a large section of your rein from breaking.