06-02-2012, 02:25 PM
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MP, I feel the need to point out that a Baucher does not, in fact, use poll pressure.
In order for something to have leverage there needs to be a point above the fulcrum (mouthpiece) and a point below.
A Baucher has a point above, the purchase, but no point below, which would be a shank or a slot, like in a Kimberwicke.
If you watch a video of someone riding with a Baucher, you'll see that if they pull back with enough force there will be slack in the cheekpieces, making any poll pressure impossible.
The only way it could have leverage would be if somehow the rein got caught below the mouthpiece, which shouldn't happen since the rings are round.
The point of a Baucher is to promote stability in the horses mouth, which is what the purchase does. That's what makes it so nice for young or mouthy horses.
My all time favorite bit is a french link loose ring, but all of the movement makes my 4 YO very nervous so she goes very happily in her Baucher which, like I said, does not apply any leverage.
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