Originally Posted by cowgirl4753
It takes a very skilled trainer to get a horse into a cathedral or spade bit. They aren't that harsh as the horse has been slowly brought up into the bridle, as its called. To get a horse to accept and work in one of these bits is the epitome of a true bridle horse.
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I highly suggest reading this thread or even tossing a message at Wanstrom about bridle horses and these bits. I learned an astronomical amount of information from her and this thread, and definitely gained a new respect for this style of training and the equipment used. I used to see these types of bits and sneer, but now that I've learned what I have about them, I'm very impressed and ashamed at how quickly I jumped to conclusions only because I happen to live where there are a lot of harsh "trainers" who think all it takes to be a vaquero is a big old bit and a prancy, scared-looking horse. Of course, I would never dabble with any of these bits, but in the right hands, it's amazing what will happen.