Originally Posted by MIEventer
I agree, contacting the previous owner asking them why they use that particular bit. Find out if they knew it was a Dr Bristol, or did they believe it was a French Link like many mistake the mouthpiece to be?
A reasonable mistake - good point. I can understand your analogy and I agree. Too many people ride with things in their horse's mouths that don't belong in there and they have no good explanation as to why.
When I bring a new horse in I look at the tack that was used and ask a lot of questions. Many times the seller/owner has no good reason for using a particular bit other then insecurity on their part or another reason unrelated to the horse's needs.
I had a mare a few years ago that was ridden in a double twisted wire snaffle when I went to see her. The rider had soft hands, stayed out her mouth and the horse went well. I asked why that bit and her reason was that she was afraid that if the horse bolted, she would need some control. I bought the horse, put her in a shanked Billy Allen (she had a great rein to her and moved off my other aids) and rode her over the trails all summer. She never offered to bolt or misbehave. The bit was used for the rider's insecurity not the horse's needs.