Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
No offense taken. I know my horse well enough to know that he likes the new bit, and it's only harsh if the rider is harsh handed, which with the new bit, i'm being extremely careful to not be, not that I am heavy-handed anyway.
Dakota is going very well in this bit, much better than he has in his old bit, so I'm happy and so is he. It wasn't a respect issue that made me get this bit, he's still respectful to me and I can ride him easily with a halter. This bit has all that I wanted... a double joint so there's no 'nutcracker' action (which Dakota doesn't like at all), small shank pressure if I ever needed it (which so far there's been no need, even when cantering, Dakota stops by voice and seat commands/cues and barely needs a twitch from the rein), and it's thinner, which is good because the other bit was really thick and after getting home and looking at the other one in his mouth, it didn't really give him enough tongue room, and this one does.
I don't see it as a harsh bit unless it's in harsh hands, and as far as I'm concerned, I'm the only person who will be riding him in that bit. If anyone else wants to ride him, it will be in a different bridle (not that anyone else really even likes to ride him, lol).
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)