We recommend starting with the back strap loose, and slowly tightening it by one hole at a time during a ride. Experimenting in this way will allow you to find just the right pressure for your horse. One hole can make the difference between the horse being comfortable or resisting the pressure.
A curb chain is a flat linked chain that runs over the chin groove of the horse, between the bit’s purchase. The purchase is the part of the shank above the mouth piece.
Effect of a tight Curb Chain:
Effect of a loose Curb Chain:
The chin groove is a very sensitive area for a horse, therefore we recommend using a gel curb guard or leather curb chain to soften the pressure applied to the chin groove.
This video discusses the differences between a Backstrap and a Curb Chain