I'm using a french link right now on a horse new to bits. The double jointed bit applies more pressure to the tongue, which is better for starting out. After the horse gets used to it and becomes more "broke" meaning learns to go off the leg, seat etc. you move up to a bit that applies more bar pressure. That would be either a solid mouthpiece with tongue relief or a single break snaffle.
A young inexpeireinced horse is really going to have a fit with bar pressure as its first introduction to a bit. The tongue pressure is much easier for them to accept. Does that make sense?
This is all in exception to the horse like pictured above. That comes down to the conformation of the horses mouth.
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Last edited by Vidaloco; 08-08-2009 at 11:57 AM.