So I've been studying bits and bridles and bitless bridles for a while now. I've seen "Indian War Bridles" a number of times, but never paid them any mind. But now I'm curious. I can't decide whether they'd be wonderful or horrible. One person I know mentioned they had seen a horse's tongue nearly get cut off with one O.O But i've seen the same results with other bits in bad hands. I guess I'm curious what other people's opinions on it is.
I suppose the material would make a difference, I've mostly seen braided rawhide, but is that safe? I mean the chemicals used to treat the rawhide?
Others I've heard have used rope, would that be soft?
Also are these typically used for neck reining or direct reining? Is it crossed under the chin or is it just a loop?
Here's some pictures I know of it, but I'd like to learn more. :)