Originally Posted by My2Geldings
It's seems it's really a horse and rider choice. I personally don't like the look of them, could not imagine showing in one so if I'm not going to ride in one, no point in getting one.
Also I don't understand how you can ride a horse properly without the mouth to elbow and hind end contact you need to balance out a horse?? How can you push that hind end forward thru your lower leg to get that if all you have is pressure points on the nose?
I use mine for hacking and trail riding, but I have schooled in it (my mare was due for a teeth floating and she was cranky with the bit). It takes more muscle, but I could get some decent collection with it and rounding through her back.
The nose is just another point on the face, not much different than metal in the mouth, just more gentle. The energy is still coming from behind, through the back, over the poll, and into the bridle, just to a different mechanism.
You can't show in it of course, so it doesn't make sense to buy it if that's all you do is show, but it makes a nice bridle for people who don't show, or who like to take a break from schooling and have some fun.