Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
Buck, I see where you are coming from. If the OP said something like "My horse is running away with me so I put a twisted wire bit on him", I might say there is a training issue there. I did not see that here in the OP. I use different bits on horses for different reasons. It all depends on the horse.
Yes, I have evented and jumped horses in a nice fat snaffle and been fine with it. But, to say every horse should be able to go XC in a nice fat snaffle is not realistic. I, sometimes, need a bit more there. I assure you no "holes" in the training, simply a strong, extremely fit horse who is enthusiastic about his job.
Each bit the OP mentioned has a distinct purpose.
Double bridle is appropriate for the saddleseat classes. The double is an extremely versatile system that allows very subtle useage. In good hands it is wonderful...in bad hands it can be horrible.
Pelham bits are appropriate for the hunter ring. I would say this rider is well versed with riding with double reins and knows how to use this bit. It good hands it is a great bit, in bad hands it can be horrible.
Argentine "snaffle" is never going to be one of my favorite bits as my record will show. It is, however, an appropriate bit for the trail classes and such. It good hands it can be an OK bit, in bad hands it can be horrible (see a pattern here?).
This OP is riding many different styles and has picked appropriate bits for each. Are you saying they should ride the trail classes in a double?