Wow! So much info! Thanks! I have been trying to figure out which bit to use for my own Foxtrotter and the new horse my daughter will be using for 4H. We've been using a Tom Thumb on my Foxtrotter because that's what I always heard was the most universal bit. She's very responsive and goes just fine in a halter and lead rope, so I thought it would be kinder to give her something a little nicer. Would you recommend a simple snaffle or the bit you use for the horses graduating from a snaffle?
Also, for the new 4H horse, we're working on learning neck reining with him and currently he's in a simple snaffle. He's pretty willful, so I want to make sure she has control, but she's only 11, so I don't want her to accidentally hurt him. When do I know he's ready to move up? Her 4H group will let her use the snaffle until it's time for shows next summer.
Oh, and the bit you like, does it have a name?