One more question for you Chickie, (sorry to hijack the thread)? In order for me to use this bit properly, can I attach a headstall to it with chicago screws or do I need a headstall like Wanstrom's with the metal clips?
Do any of you make the length of your chains to balance the bit to where the horse carries it's head when it is most balanced? Not just the head, the whole horse. I think some schooled riders call it "frame."
I've always taken pains to achieve that just right position. The last several years I've met people who don't give it a thought. It's probably just the way I was raised. But chains too heavy hangs the mouthpiece too vertical for some to carry naturally. Too light and the mouthpiece may lay back more than that horse needs. Of course, a super well made bit makes a difference, but I still like to adjust the chains for optimal carry.