It's just so hard to take what you are saying and apply it to my riding..because there's no proof. Because of the time in the double, when I go back to the snaffle, my horse will be straighter, more correct, happier, and overall we will work more in harmony. Now if I went back to the snaffle and we had the same issues then perhaps I could see something. But this hasn't happened. If it was truly a 'bandaid' then the same problems would present themselves.
At anebel: I have never said I was pulling on my horse. Don't know where you got that. I am using a passive hand, when the horse meets the bit it's his own fault.
As Henry Wynmalen who wrote Dressage: A Study of the Finer Points of Riding said so aptly, "In order to obtain the maximum effect of the horse's motive power, it is essential to increase the activity of the horse's quarters by shortening the base whereon the horse moves. That can only be done by demanding increase of energy, or forward impulse, without allowing the horse to translate that increase of energy into greater speed on a longer base, as he would undoubtedly do if there were no bridle to restrain him." This was of course within the context of his discussion on double bridles.
And also within the discussion on straightening the horse, he says, "The rein of opposition to the haunches can prevent the quarters from moving over against the quarters from moving over against its effect and can also move the quarters over to the other side by its effect." So obviously the reins can control his haunches, which is basically what I am doing. I can just do it with more finesse and less fighting in the double bridle. Which as I've explained many a time...will build the correct muscles so that he can physically do it better and with more ease when I ask him in the snaffle.
But honestly...we are talking at cross-purposes. I am convinced of my way as much as you are...and that doesn't make me the bad person inasmuch as it doesn't make you the bad person. I'm not harming my horse, neither am I teaching him bad habits...he's happy and healthy and enjoys his work.
DRESSAGE, n.: the passionate pursuit of perfection by the obsessively imperfect -Author Unknown