Originally Posted by FoxyRoxy1507
I don't really believe there are harsh bits or soft bits, it depends on the way theyre used. I use a tom thumb pelham and a lot of people would call that a harsh bit but I also know how to use it without harming my horse and he prefers that bit to any other bit.
I agree. I have seen trainers take a beautiful hollowmouth eggbutt snaffel - about the least severe bit possible - and turn it into a living horror for a horse by giving one side a half-twist, making a point in the horses mouth across the roof, and a vise angle across the tongue, and bars. Then add a drop noseband to crank the horse's mouth shut.
Ultimately, bits are only about a quarter of the battle - 3/4s lies with rider education.