My dad got the bridle from some people he works with that had horses but hasn't had them for awhile and the tack were sitting in their shed. The bit looked fine and I rode him about 4 times since having him about 3 wks. I used the bit each time. I did today have the reins tied around the horn and when I came back outside, they had come loose but he was still tide to the tree via the lead rope. He had stepped on the reins and the bridle was still on his head but the bit had broke where the snaffle bit joins in the middle. I was thinking if anything from that the straps or reins would have broken before the bit but maybe the bit even though it looked fine, maybe it was on the brink of breaking even though it didnt appear to have any weaknesses.
Just wanting to know if it is common for them to give like that?