Saddleseat is an English riding discipline.... And I think with any bit contact should at some point be released... otherwise where is the horse's release of pressure coming from to tell them what they are doing is correct? I am not trying to be snippy just have a healthy debate. I'm not saying you can't have an opinion or your or my opinion is right or wrong... just trying to let everyone reading this know that there is more than one opinion. And my personal opinion is that a CAPABLE person should be able to judge what equipment they and their horse need to be effective and safe. My point is not to make you mad or prove anyone wrong I'm just trying to give those people who are using this site as an informative place the thought that they may want to do their own research and form their own opinions because sometimes there is a time and a place for these "tools" to be used by proper hands on a proper horse under proper supervision and they shouldn't be dismissed or thought of as cruel because their are some people that misuse them. I would never lay a cruel touch to a horse, my horses are the loves of my life... therefore I take precautionary measures to make sure that myself, my horses, my students, and those around us stay safe and in control. I really do agree with most of what is said in your article about how the bits actually work, but I just would like you to realize that it can be a little bit insulting and hurtful when people judge based upon the wicked rumors and the incorrect hands laid upon certain training and riding tools.
I hope that clears up my point of view and why I've been commenting! Thanks :)