Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes
Sorry if I'm hammering on this point too much, but it's a pet peeve of mine how someone (not specifically you Bitless) can be so adamant that one way is the "one true path." Especially with something as individual as a horse's preference. *steps off pedastal*
I fully agree with this; My mare for example can be ridden in a rope halter, but hates dr. Cook style bitless...she will ride in a western hackemore, but hates one with shanks. She just doesn't require all that extra "leverage", and she makes it known by flipping her nose a tad when even the slightest pressure is given. She moves out fine with any type of snaffle bit, however...d-ring, o-ring, french link, etc.
However, that said I did try her in a mild curb this morning, and she did SO much better with it, than she did the times I tried it on her before, so perhaps her being in the learning phases, has something to do with her not liking the other things mentioned.
I DO also think that when a horse's training is complete, one should be able to swap bits out if he needs to, and the horse should respond well to it. As we all know that our control doesn't come from the bit anyway, at least not in "full", so why should it matter what style bit we choose once he's trained anyway? However, I do realize there are sometimes the exceptions to the rule, too.