Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum, Cheryl.
First I want to say that I hope you mean "Yahoo mentality" and not really "Cowboy mentality". The cowboys that I know, and I know a lot of them that make a living that way, are usually good, respectful, horseman who have an affinity to horses and a special code that they follow.
As for the gag bit, most riders (read, rider - not horseman) do not know how to use one properly and it can be a very severe bit. It works on the poll, pulls up the lips, and acts on the bars of your horse as well as having a tendency to elevate the horse's head and hollow his back.
I would try him in a simple snaffle or a mild curb to see how he reacts but I would first ask your sister why she used the bit. It may be that he came with it and she has no other reason why.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
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