I understand this, that any bit can be harsh in unexperinced hands, You must have taken my words or some one elses wrong.... I was saying that I myself was not experinced enough to use a spade bit, I wasnt saying anything like the person whom invented it should be choked with it....I also do not understand what you are stating, A spade bit you say is only supose to be used on professional, COMPLETELY broke horses, and the rider doesn't even have to /breathe/ to get the horse to do what they want, so why are they even using this type of bit? Why not a regular snaffle? Or something simple and softer? If the horses are so broke that they understand what the rider want with it seems like no cue, then why use a bit at all? But I posted this thread asking for information on the whole headstall and bit itself, so it's obvious that I know nothing of this subject and you can probably give a perfect reason as to why they use abit at all if the horses are so "BROKE"....Again, please don't take my words wrong or think I am being rude, I'm just simply trying to understand and learn as much as I can...
Originally Posted by mayfieldk
The spade bit is NOT a harsh bit. It is used for professional, COMPLETELY broke horses, and the rider doesn't even have to /breathe/ to get the horse to do what they want. When it is done right, it is almost like the horse reads the rider's mind, going exactly where they want with no cue.
But it's not for beginners. It's not even for most 'trainers'. It is an art, and do not knock the bit for being 'harsh'. A snaffle can be terrible harsh in the wrong hands, too.