Really? Thumbtacks? I can't believe you're serious...
I had an interesting experience bit shopping the other day. I've been looking for a couple of bits for Lily and haven't had a lot of luck. She needs a 4.25" bit and not a lot of the stores carry that size.
I went into a store that I haven't been in before, told them what I was looking for (full cheek snaffle), and explained the "problem" with Lily. Her main problem is lack of training, but in manifests in having no "whoa". The tack store owner immediately wanted me to put her in a slow twist dee ring. I explained that I didn't need a twisted mouthpeice, Lily's picking things up quickly and there is no need for a twisted bit. She just needs time and training.
Basically the owner seemed to think I was an idiot, kept trying to convince me that this horse needed some sort of twisted bit, possibly one that had some poll action. :roll: