LOL i use a 2 ring elevator for my Clyde cross for field hunting and XC. It's a happy mouth and he loves it (we flat and do jumpers in a loose ring happy mouth). We use it b/c we found out the hard way that he gets a little excited and at nearly 17.3 we forget we have a rider....haha! But it's a very limited gag in that it's the small 2 ring, not a running gag (ACK!). I'm not against a 2 or 3 ring elevator in the right hands for the right horse but it's also not an all the time bit and only for the right horse in the right hands.....
I never knew any better at the time. The horse I used was my Husbands, and that is the bit he used when hacking and doing CC and Fox Hunting - so that is the bit I was told to use.
Never even knew any better.
So I tack up excitedly and go to the indoor arena where the clinic was being taught - and within 5 mintues, I was back in the barn changing the bridle. LOL.
Now I cannot remember exactly how she worded it, it was 3 years ago..but it was something like a rider compeating at low levels, such as myself at Novice - should not have to use a bit like that for a level of control. She said that if I had to use that gag for a level of control now, she fears where my level of control would be when we progress to higher levels. If I don't have it now, I definately wont have it later.
She also said, a rider has no business being out on the cc course at low levels in a bit like that, but instead should be back in the sand box working on basics and filling the holes that lack in our training.
Sooo - I tucked my tail between my legs, and scimpered back to the barn. LOL.
She made allot of sense.
Then, a couple of months later, Bill Hoos came to teach. That time, I was in a simple snaffle. HA HA I SAID!!! I'll be one step ahead.
After my ride, I went and watched the Training Level Riders - each and every single one of them were in 3 Ring Elevators.
What did Bill Hoos have to say about it - same thing. He shook his head and asked "is it some sort of fad to have a 3 ring on cc now?"
He stressed to the riders pretty much what was stressed to me.