Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Illinois www.saddleonline.com
I would say most French link snaffles are very mild, I myself use a loose ring French link KK ultra. I have seen some nasty twisted wire bits that I would consider very harsh, and some curbs with very long shanks that are harsh- any bit in the wrong hands can be "harsh". One thing to keep in mind while looking, the narrower the mouth piece the more "bite" it is going to have- this is why those twisted wire bits can be trouble. A big fat snaffle or mullen mouth bit (provided it isn't too thick for that horse's mouth) is going to be gentler. It all comes down to the pressure ratio- it would be far less painful to be stepped on by someone in a tennis shoe vs stiletto heels- the pressure is spread out.
Hope this helps!
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