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Time to call halt to the traditional snaffle bit for horses?

A dog behaviourist once made an interesting statement in a lecture about the widespread use of dog collars: “ We call dogs “man’s best friends”, then we tie a noose around their necks and drag them around after us. Some way to treat a friend”. She was extolling the virtues of head collars, harnesses and other more humane ways of controlling dogs when out on walks. Similar arguments can be made in the equine world over the use of the traditional snaffle bit, which is the conventional way to control a horse.
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