First of all one should pay attention to the words spoken, because in most cases the truth is self-evident in the words alone, just look and listen, and then understand what is being done.
Literally the braking point, for if the cheek would be wood it would break over the horse's jaw (as well as the tongue) at the point where the bars make contact with it, (the top point of the triangle). Obviously the different cheek length ratios will effect the level of the mechanical advantage. In short one does not need to pull hard on the reins to exert greater force against the breaking point, the horse's jaw and tongue. It literally works the same way as a can opener.
The levers in action. The blue line shows the "crushing zone"
The can openers in real life in the dressage below.
The horse's jaw is being literally crushed between the bars of the bit and
the curb chain, all for what? Entertainment? One can understand the curb
bit (not the rollkur, obviously) for
the purpose of battle, but as a sport or entertainment, it is plain
The word curb, among other things,
in relevance to the naming of the bit as curb bit, is referring to:
The dressage folks
claim to ride horses that move freely and willingly. Can someone somehow explain how the
word curb fits into that scenario? How the words like restraining power, or
action, limiting access or put down by force fit into the riding of willing
and freely moving horses? Now to point out even more of
the absurdity of
dressage one should ask how these words fit into the concept of dancing, since
they refer to dressage as dancing, or even as ballet
absurd definition of dressage).
About 15 years ago I said that the Internet will destroy the world and of course everyone was laughing, but not everyone these days, as folks starting realize that the Internet is not an information highway but a bullshit highway. Just like a computer gets infected by a virus, so do people's brains get infected by the virus called stupidity, which is infecting the fools' brains by millions every day. People simply getting each other stupid by expressing and sharing their opinions on the Internet.
There are these so-called reputable sites presenting so-called
information like the Wikipedia, which is generally full of bullshit and
misinformation, because it collects the information from the very stupid and
misinformed people. I pity people that do so-called internet research and then
collect "information" from this shit highway. How can you find the truth or
facts if you do not know what they are in the first place? Oh yes, I know the answer to that,
you'll find ten different opinions and then you pic one according to your liking
or reasoning. I am sure that will solve this dilemma, but only to an idiot!
The purpose, or better said practical usage, of the curb bit is explained in more details in the related article, which simply points out that this bit has no place in the so-called modern sport dressage, for obvious reasons. And so as my article on dressage points out, dressage people simply contradict their own principles and rules, and then they reward themselves for it.
In some other countries, or languages if you will, they do not have the term curb bit, but rather use the more appropriate term the "lever bit". At least if using the proper, or better said more suitable, terminology/words we may then understand better what we are doing, and why we are doing it. And so, the more suitable word for the curb bit should be the lever bit, for obvious reasons.
The word lever:
Why should we have the need for some mechanical
advantage over the animal, especially in dressage, if the horse is willing, not to mention refined? May
be because if we feel that we are using a "gentle touch" we think that we are
applying gentle aids, though to the horse it feels like you crushing its jaw,
which is in essence what the lever bit does, literally.
Unfortunately if this would be implemented in dressage there
would not be any dressage, as most participants are simple incompetent and could
not ride the horse without it when presenting their
circus tricks in the thing
they call dressage. Now you may understand why you will encounter a stiff
opposition, especially if you talking about dismantling a lucrative part of the
There is nothing gentle about the curb bit, whether in the hands of a decent rider or not, as the name of the bit alone bears testimony to the fact. May be someone could visit the fool that is saying the curb bit is a gentle aid, or that he uses gentle aids when using this bit, and apply gently a cattle prong to his ass every time he does not want to do something, and then say something like the dressage people would "I am just gently reminding you to move your ass". The absurdity of putting words together like gentle + curb or light + lever in relevance to horses is absurd and the ridiculousness of it is obviously self-evident in the words alone.
The mechanics of the lever bit have one and only purpose, which is to amplify the effects of the bit in the hands of the rider, in short to amplify the hand aid, hence amplified aid, or severe aid, which pretty much outlived its use in this world, especially when riding for entertainment or sport as some call it. It is practical only for the restraining of the animal under extreme situations like the battle, and so it looks so useless and preposterous when used on horses under fairly serene circumstances as the dressage ring is. There are two years old thoroughbreds running in the front of thousands of screaming people only with a simple snaffle/D bit in their mouth, why can the dressage people do the same in front of less people on older and "well" trained horses?
And so the
dressage simply makes no sense, and for this
reasons all dressage participants in this day and age are simply genuine
imbeciles (not meant as an insult but as a self-evident fact), since the whole
concept of the modern dressage is self-conflicting and self-contradicting, hence
dressage is, by its own contradicting riding principles, an oxymoron.
Written by Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a Lee Stanek