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Today was crazy-busy. I had five lessons starting at 7am and then took a client to pick up her new mare from Casa Grande at 2pm. After all was said and done I got home a bit after 5pm.

I'll talk about my client and her horse later (spent four hours horse shopping Thursday). Today is about Bud! Well, actually it's about Trensen Knebel.

Bud is sporting them, though he wasn't being very photogenic for me.

I don't know if there is even an English word for them, but I guess "bit cheeks" would be the best descriptive words for them. The dictionary wants to call then "bit gags," though trensen refers more to the cheeks of the bit than the whole bit to my understanding.

Sue and Henry were feeling under the weather so I put a ride on Bud today. He goes quite well in the Stark Naked Bit (the purple thing), though I wanted to secure it so if he fussed with it, it would stay secure. For the most part he's good about not messing with it, but that's where the trensen knebel come in.

As you can see they are a small piece of metal with a hook attached. The "cheek" so to speak, goes through the ring on the halter and then hooks to the bit ring.

Bud did well. We reinforced the lesson that if he goes straight past home without changing pace or wriggling he gets home faster.

The Trensen Knebel are an awesome thing to have in the toolkit. You can use a regular bit on a horse who might have issues with its ears being handled (buckle the halter on, slide the bit in). It is an easy way to try multiple bits without having to fuss with buckles. It basically makes any halter a halter-bridle.

I picked up three pair from . They were happy to take my order and it was about $30 for the three pair including shipping, which was quite reasonable! The only downside is that you have to speak German in order to naviagte the website. A few places I looked at wouldn't ship to the USA so I was happy to find one that would!

I plan on messing with them a bit more here and there. I haven't tried them with the rope halters and I don't think it would be very feasible since it wouldn't have a good place to lock into, but I'll play with it and see!

Date: 2017-04-09 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Interesting! So these were what you were looking for. What's the benefit of using them rather than leather straps? I guess the 'cheek' piece means it can apply a little pressure on the side of the face when you ask them to turn, which I understand is useful for a youngster...?

Date: 2017-04-10 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That they are! I actually just came across the receipt again and it was just under €38 with shipping for the three pairs.

Anyway, I think there are some advantage over leather straps. You don't have the bulk of the buckle to deal with primarily. The halter does need to be slightly lower than would be necessary for straps, but on horses with short heads the extra strapping can be a bit annoying to deal with (I have this issue on Charm-N's driving bridle). The hook is also a lot quicker to attach and remove than a buckle.

So far as affecting the action of the bit goes I don't think it works like the cheeks on a fullcheek snaffle. The "T" portion simply prevents it from sliding through the ring on the halter and any pressure from that would be distributed across the halter and be similar to the bridle cheeks pushing on the horse's face, but less so due to the greater thickness of the straps and increased surface area.

As I mentioned before you usually see them on German and Austrian drafts both with their fancy show halters (thus converted into bridles) and in working situations attached to a plain halter. Another tool in my ever-expanding tool chest!


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