There are different chain bits that apply different pressures in a horse's mouth. So in my mind there are good chain bits and bad chain bits.. The previous owner of my mare, Lark, rode her in a bicycle chain bit. It's a VERY harsh and unforgiving bit in any hands. I will not ever put that bit back in her mouth..But, that said..She doesn't do well with other bits, such as a curb, snaffle..She rides okay in the Jr Cowhorse but just refers the light chain piece of the bit I'm riding with now. Right now I'm riding her in a light chain/gag/hack bit like ClaPorte said earlier in the thread. It's a really nice bit for her, she likes it, it's not harsh, but just because people hear the word chain they immediately assume it's harsh.
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Last edited by DrumRunner; 07-19-2012 at 11:05 PM.