[quote=Muppetgirl;1688888].....sometimes I believe it's actually kinder to use a more 'effective' bit on your horse lightly rather than use a 'ineffective' bit on your horse heavily......
It ends up going to a downward spiral of moving to harsher and harsher bits until you're just about riding with a piece of cheese wire in the horse's mouth to gain some kind of control.
Maybe I haven't been around enough, but I have never known ANYONE that this has happened to. I ride in curb bits 95% of the time and I never have to move to harsher and harsher bits. Sometimes I will even ride them in a snaffle.
My main complaint with the snaffle is that I don't have the instant softness and finesse that I do with a curb. Is that a training issue? Probably. But I trail ride and ride on a loose rein nearly all the time. And when I do use the bit, a feather touch is all that is needed to get the response I want from my horse. Why should I pull on my horse with a snaffle when I get a feather response in a curb? I never have to move up to harsher bits than this: Myler Bit- HBT Shank MB 33, Size 5"
So yes, I get tired of the people who always say "go back to a snaffle" every time the horse sneezes wrong. I don't want to have to ride with contact constantly. I want a light horse on a loose rein.
My other pet peeve......the tom thumb police. Okay, I will concede that maybe it's not the BEST bit ever made, but it is certainly more humane that a lot of other bits people use, and no one goes on a harping spree about things like this: 02-James Morris Copper Wrapped C-Prong Bit 305- Reinsman Half Wonder Bit 5/16" Small Twisted Sweet Iron 2361- Greg Darnall Hand Engraved Cavalry Shank, "Pro Roller" Mouth, Ball Bearing Bars
(Just a few random examples). See, I would very likely never use a bit like those above, but I WOULD ride in a tom thumb. So I think the tom thumb is everyone's favorite bit scapegoat. Is it perfect? No. Does it deserve it's horrible reputation in light of every other bit out there? I certainly don't think so.
What's more, this stuff people push on the internet doesn't seem to jive with real live. I don't know of anyone who hates the tom thumb with a passion in real live, nor do my friends and neighbor's shout "go to a snaffle" for every little issue.
This seems to be a reality that exists only on the internet.