Originally Posted by Scoutrider
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 thum 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.
My horse is extremely soft mouthed so she's really picky about her bits. >> I would love to run her in a bit with this mouth piece but I have yet to find one with the right shanks.
So instead, she ,for whatever reason, loves the Sherry Cervi twisted dogbone short shank. Every other bit she doesn't appreciate.