Well said, Smrobs!!
Just this past week was our local county fair, including the annual Wednesday night fun show for the 4-H saddle horse kids. Basically a gymkhana-type affair; poles, barrels, ride-a-buck, egg & spoon, etc.
One rider was a girl in my own 4-H club. She rides a tall sweetheart of a QH mare, still relatively young but older than the curb requirement for WP. She games in a snaffle, and does well; timing in the ribbons and with good control in a full-cheek every run.
Wednesday night the horse was hot, and ran through her bit. Zero turn, zero stop, thankfully no bucking. The girl got her stopped, and a slew of other gamers' parents ran up to her explaining how it was stupid to ride in a snaffle and she needed this bit and that bit and this wad of chain through the horse's mouth. Not one thing was said to her about simply giving this very forward mare a refresher course in brakes in the bit that she has once the mare had calmed down. :roll:
Personally, I ride my guy in a snaffle. He isn't introduced to a curb yet, but as a matter of giving him a full education I do plan to when he is ready. I look at gaming as I do foxhunting - a situation where I might overbit for the event as a matter of safety in chaos.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown