No changing out the curb chain on kimberwick bits. Ever.
A few years ago, I got the bright idea of swapping out the curb chain on the kimberwick I was using for a beta-ended, Western-style curb chain, the theory being that I wouldn’t have to undo it all the time.
Great in theory…doesn’t work for Princess Pea-Head in practice, since I only recently figured out I couldn’t actually get the curb chain properly tight enough under her cute lil’ muzzle.
How long have you been riding?!?
If you’ve ever tried to remove a curb chain, you know that wrenching apart the J-hooks with pliers twists them out of shape and renders them really hard to use in the future.
But did you also know there’s a certain way to put new ones on? As in, there’s a right one and a left one, and when hung right, won’t poke the horse’s jaw with the open ends of the hooks?
I learned these things this afternoon.
This curb chain is never leaving this bit again.