Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald
I can understand what your point is, and I do agree that some mouth pieces shouldn't exist (Such as mule bits and bicycle chains).
But the larger picture is that bits don't hurt horses...
As with knives & bicycle chain bits, tools are designed with a particular purpose. Bits are around because people discovered you could control a horse with force easily when you apply it to a piece of metal in their mouth. Just because people CAN use them with sensitivity, just like some people can juggle knives... Perhaps in your circle you're all well trained riders on well trained horses, but my 'larger picture', not just local, but looking at so many horse events around the world, not just novice stuff by far either, is that bits do indeed *very commonly* hurt horses. Of course it's (usually, unless they get them caught on something) down to the hands on the reins, but most people & horses don't have enough training/skill to ensure they'd never hurt the horse.