Originally Posted by wild_spot
Exactly - I was just giving another opinion as there didn't seem to be anyone in this thread giving the flipside on twisted bits - I personally think they are harsh and unecessary.
I realize that twisted bits are not the IDEAL choice and I'm not dumb, I know that they have definitely got a bite to them and I would typically rather not use one but I'm trying to find something where this horse will be happy in a bit and I'm thinking she's happier in a little bit more of a bit. I do not want to put her in a curb because that defeats the purpose of what I was trying to get accomplished. I'm just looking for options on what I could try on her and a twisted wire is an option that is out there. This horse has a great stop and will listen to pretty much any bit that's thrown at her, but she's just not happy. Twisted wire is what I was personally thinking about before this post so that's why i've been jumping to try it. It wouldn't be a perminant thing unless she absolutely just LOVED it.
Also, The severity of the bit is nearly completely in the riders' hands. You can make an egg-butt snaffle harsh if you have hard enough hands and a twisted wire gag bit can be relatively soft if put in soft hands. I do ride as soft as possible, but like any horses, there is a time and a place to get after them.
I feel like bits are a very controversial subject here and I'm sorry for posting asking for a different bit If I'm told every option except the softest thing is going to hurt my horse. Yes, it very well could in the wrong hands. But in soft hands that know what they are doing, any bit can be used softly and nearly every bit has it's purpose.