Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
I've ridden horses in both. The reason I use both is that some horses hate the single-joint and love the french-link, and visa-versa. Both feel the same on my hands and both give me the same communication and response from the horse.
Horse 1: In a single-joint, he flips his head high every time the bit engages. He has a low palette, and I assumed he was trying to get away from the center-joint. I put him in a french-link and he's perfectly happy.
Horse 2: He had been in a TT for 17 years. I put him in a french-link to start him in the mildest possible and work from there. He hated it with a passion. chew-chew lick-lick fidget fidget nonstop - paying no attention to me. Busy busy boy. I gave him a single-joint, and he's been happy since. He has a nice, big mouth with lots of room.
They're both inexpensive, common bits. See if you can borrow one of each or get them used, then try both and see what your horse likes better.