Originally Posted by InsaneDino
I've heard mostly bad stuff about single jointed full cheek snaffles. Everybody says that they have a nutcracker action that hurts the horse. It's not clear with light cues. Horses like to brace against it. It's not good for lateral flexion. Blah blah blah.
People say that the full cheek shouldn't be used because it can get caught on things. They are only for starting young or fresh horses. You shouldn't jump in one (I never understood why they say that...) etc.
These people are out to lunch. The full cheek snaffle is one of the milder bits.
The whole "nutcracker" thing is overblown too. People have been using single jointed snaffles for centuries. All bits put pressure somewhere – that's kind of the point!