Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Sometimes a bit IS the solution. It just depends if the bit was the problem too.
For example, my horse will rush about, toss his head, try to pull the reins through your hands and travel with his nose up in the air if you try to ride him in a single jointed snaffle. Put him in something double jointed or (I suspect) solid mouthed, and viola- problem solved. He drops his head, relaxes and starts listening. Shanked bits magnify signals from the rider, so they certainly can be harsh, but without seeing the two different bits, it is hard to say that the bit 'harshness' is really the difference here.