Every now and again I put a western saddle on my guy and do some games for sheer fun, and a break for Scout. I see a TON of these bits on the "hard-core" gaming horses, and I always wonder whether the horses actually need them, or if people just use them because it's a "gaming" bit. The horses fly around the patterns with their heads up (jerking tie-downs: if it's designed to get their head up, why tie it down????), ears pinned, eyes rolling, and a hearty yank at the last minute by the rider to stop them.
Maybe a decent bit in the right hands and for the right horse, but like the American TT, I've seen it marketed to the wrong people too many times.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown