For the cost of 200 bits you could by a finished performance horse and a bit for it
Well naturally I wasn't endorsing it... nevermind.
I don't really see the big deal here. If it looks nasty and mean to you, don't use it. The nutcracker effect, yea it's a problem to be avoided, so just use common sense. It's a piece of metal in your horses mouth that is 75% identical to the last bit you used. Your horse will become accustomed over time and so will you.
I don't really see the big deal here. If it looks nasty and mean to you, don't use it.
Thanks for that, Tim. I guess maybe I am over-analyzing! I'm sure if I put something that isn't "nasty and mean" on my horse, he'll be fine. If he freaks out, then heck, I'll sell it on eBay! I always ride with really soft hands and with the more droopy reins in Western, I probably won't have any direct contact with the bit anyways!
We did some more neck reining today and my boy did great! He was a little spooky at something all afternoon, which made him really responsive. I think he must have been trained to neck rein before I bought him (maybe years back) because he is catching on very quickly!