Originally Posted by minstrel
I once had a horse bite clean through a happy mouth while I was on it. I put the bit in a little chewed but not badly by a long shot, she pulled a strop while I was riding and took off bucking, I tried to take hold of her with my reins - and next thing half a bit comes flying out her mouth and I have no reins on a broncing, spooking maniac. Managed to stay on her until someone on the ground managed to grab her by the breastplate... But if that had happened out on a hack or something it could've ended badly. Have ridden countless horses very happily in mouths previously, but this put me off them for life. Now they go in a metal snaffle, and have to learn to accept that.
THis happened to one of our liveries - the horse was being fractious, started bucking then jumped a small hedge along the track into a field where it galloped round until the woman baled out - quite entertaining to watch but very dangerous
The horse had started biting on the bit and the metal wire running through it was snapped - there have been recalls over the years with this fault
So saying - I do use them and like them especially if you get a horse that's a bit nervous of its mouth - just wouldnt have one on a horse that had a tendency to chew and bite on the bit!!!