Slobber Straps: One-Piece vs Two-Piece

Last Updated on March 8, 2022 by Allison Price

When you first hear horsemen refer to “slobber straps”, you will likely think of some contraption for horses’ slobber. Although they might have a strange name, slobbers are a simple leather piece that attaches reins to the bit and acts as a hinge. Slobber straps are heavy and give horses a warning sign when they touch the bit. The horse also feels pressure instantly when the rider releases the reins. This is important as horses learn by the pressure being released, not from pressure themselves. They learn faster if they can feel pressure released when they are correct.

Clinton suggests that horsemen learning the Method use slobber straps to saddle their horses in a mecate rein bridle. The mecate reins and the slobber belts both add weight to the bit and give it a better feel. This allows for better communication and connection with the horse. These are especially helpful for young horses and when you’re focusing on softening exercises. They allow the horse to recognize a change or transition coming and reward him for his correct response.

Slobber Straps

It’s up to you to decide whether you prefer a one-piece or a two-piece slobber band. Some prefer one-piece slobber bands to their two-piece counterparts.

Strap for slobbering one-piece

Two-piece versions are best for horses that have multiple horses. They can be used to swap out bits and headstalls more often. To remove or attach the two-piece slobber belt, simply pull the top of the strap. For one-piece slobberstraps, you will need to remove the top portion of the slobber belt and then attach them to the slobberstraps.

Two-piece slobber strap

Allison Price
Allison Price

I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!