The mouthpiece itself is quite mild, but the draw-gag action gives it the potential to be quite harsh in the wrong hands. I personally would not ride in it, and I consider myself to have pretty decent hands. Because of the design of the headstall portion of this setup, there's no real limit on how tight the bit can be drawn up, nothing to prevent someone from, even accidentally, getting carried away and causing confusion at best, and outright physical damage at worst.
Definitely more of a western bit -- I see a lot of the young games riders in my area riding in either these, WonderBits, or combo bits, largely because "the tom thumb doesn't work anymore" (insert eye roll). The English analog gag bit only slides up the cheeks before the gag action is stopped. These bits have a proper time, place, and use, but it isn't when, where, or why most people use them IME.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
Last edited by Scoutrider; 07-13-2012 at 05:11 PM.