Originally Posted by Fingerlakes
Always used a full cheek for the riders? Any others here use the full cheeks?
The reason that I have a full cheek for my ridden drafts is because when I started riding my percheron stud (now a gelding), I needed a new bit to avoid stealing any of the bits off the driving bridles. A full cheek was all I was able to find at my local tack store in the size that I need.
Personally, for riding, I prefer the feel of a loose ring and will likely be getting one in the future just to have...even though I really don't plan on riding too many more draft type horses.