So I was on MySpace in this one group and this girl was posting how she needs cheek pieces for her new gag bit. Mind you she's a teenager and I highly doubt educated enough for riding in that bit - which imo is a bit that has uses in hands of riders and on horses that are few and far between. Anyway, her reasoning is that "The bit is only harsh if used incorrectly...which im not either, its used to balance up the horse."
Now obviously I disagree - for any type of riding, English or Western. Balance comes from proper training and riding and conditioning. But I wanted to know has anyone else heard/been told this? That they should use bit X because it will help their horse balance up? I know I see it all the time in catalogs "great for balancing the horse in corners and lifting the shoulder" and stuff like that and it just makes me so mad! Sorry - pet peeve! Just wanted to rant/share and hear other's reactions!