My old trusty bit was in need of replacement, and while I could have purchased the same one again, I thought I'd try something similar but different. Oops. I typically use a sweet iron eggbutt snaffle (I ride English)... and I "replaced" it with a French Link Eggbutt with a Curve. Any experience with these bits? I actually didn't intend for there to be a curve, but in my haste at the store, I didn't pay attention to that :/ So, now I've got a bit I'm not using due to the fact that this is going to put more pressure on the bars of my horses' mouths. I also can see that it might exert more poll pressure because of the action from the double joint on the curve. Am I being too critical? Both of my horses are sensitive... and while I think this might work well with my mare (trying it tonight), I know my gelding will be wholly unappreciative of my attempt to reduce the "pinch" of a snaffle... Hmmm. I wasn't trying to be more harsh, or expect any difference in riding results... just wanted something comparable and more "gentle", if anything.
Also, wouldn't a french link with a straight snaffle actually be a bit less intense than a "plain" snaffle?
I look forward to hearing reviews and experiences with this type of bit :)