Originally Posted by maura
One rein may cause the bit to rise on that side but will not produce the pressure at the poll.
Riding in a gag bit with two reins, one attached to the gag cheekpieces and one attached to the bit is fine; a good idea, even. You use the gag rein like a curb rein and only engage the gag when you need it.
Not sure what face and sound you're referring too; someone must really have been abusing the bit for that to happen.
I actually prefer an elevator or three ring bit, ridden with two reins. You get the pressure at the poll effect without the bit rising in the horse's mouth.
Yeah, they were abusing it a lot. They were saying "Oh the horse was out of control so I had to pull hard..." Its the same idiot who acts like they know the horse I ride all the time more than I do.
I don't really use the curb rein much. When I'm just going on the flat, I purposely keep it really loose so that I don't even accidentally use it. I shorten it up a little more for jumping, but I'm not going to go into that.
Thanks for all the help, everyone.