So I always hear people saying "this bit is milder than that bit" or "this bit is really strong!" but sometimes I really wonder which is the 'mildest' and which is too strong?
I'm curious to see everyone's opinion on bits, put in order of mildest to strongest and why they think some are stronger or milder.
Disclaimer: I'm well aware that the strength of the bit great depends on the hands of the rider and the horse's specific mouth size and shape. But I'd really like to compare the bits apples to apples.
So let's pretend all of the bits are the same, medium thickness (not especially narrow or wide)
Let's pretend that it's the all same horse with an 'average' mouth, not an especially high or low pallet, not extra sensitive anywhere
Let's pretend it's being used by the exact same hands using the same amount of pressure
I just want to compare the physical mechanics of the bits individually.
So pop up a list of bits you think ought to be mentioned, in order of strength
I suppose a few to mention would be - mullen mouth, french links, single jointed snaffles, rubber bits?, twisted bits (and the variations of those), kimberwicks, waterfords, chain bits (I mention this because it seems to have widely varying ideas of it's strength), if someone wants to do western bits as well that would be interesting to learn about as well.