Sorrel, I am with you, those commercials for those stupid "combination" bits get completely on my nerves. IMHO, if you can't get what you want from a horse without using every single pressure point everywhere on his head, then there are some serious problems with the training regimen. The videos I've seen (namely, the one of the black horse with a blaze face), there is a dramatic difference between how the rider handles him in a snaffle and how she handles him in the Mikmar bit. If she had done the same thing in the snaffle, she likely would have had the same results.
Add to that, Frank Evans, the inventor, straight up said in one of the commercials while holding one of the long shanked bits "It's very difficult, even for bad hands, to mess up a horse's mouth in this bit. It's really hard to jerk him hard enough that you're gonna hurt him." :roll:
Yep, that's the idea, don't bother to teach better hands, just slap a contraption on his face and keep on yanking.
Last edited by smrobs; 09-24-2011 at 03:00 PM.