Equilove - thank you for saying exactly what I wanted to say but am too lazy to on my phone. That's exactly right you don't need one - but the communication is far more clear and it takes the guess work out of the process forthe horse. It's just more clear communication for a horse who's learning, once they know the pre-cue of the rein touching the neck you could use any bit in the world or no bit- whatever you and your horse please.
I also don't see why people are so obsessed with snaffles, single jointed snaffles are pretty intense bits. Most horses I know prefer a port or double joints than typical single jointed snaffles- even if it comes with leverage - considering with leverage bits comes softer contact anyway.
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