Hey, I was just curious. Do any of you use antique bits to ride with? I have recently discovered I love these old North and Judds. They are low-leverage, sweet iron, and fairly mild for a curb. My horses ride great in them!
This isn't mine, but I use one that is almost identical.
It seems like almost all of the new bits these days have at least 7-8 inches (or more) leverage. These old bits really seemed like they were for everyday riding. Whereas nowadays almost everything seems catered to showing (I guess that is the reason for all the extreme leverage?).
So while you can find some low-leverage newer bits, you kind of have to look for them. I have now started turning to the oldies-but-goodies for a mild, lower leverage curb.
Anyone else love riding in these old style bits?