It makes you realise how sad it is when people discuss the 'need' for 'stronger' bits, doesn't it??
Oh yes, I ride all of my horses in snaffles, and I feel that if all horses were trained well that snaffles are all they need.
There's a difference though for people who compete and who actually know and understand how to use harsh bits correctively, but for those who use them for fashion or to fit in are completely wrong.
I think it would be wonderful if I can teach Athena to be ridden anywhere without anything, saddle , bridle, halter, or rope. :)
Her biggest problem is being too smart for her own good.
I've tried riding her without anything at first, and she starts to crow-hop as soon as we go faster than a walk!
But even if I just put a halter on her she doesn't try anything.
It's almost like she knows I'm vulnerable without anything but her mane to hang on to.
She's out to get me. lol >.<'
I think that I'll have her to where she's perfect with the rope halter in and out of the arena before trying nothing at all.