I have to say I agree, but many people know well I am stuck in a situation where I do not have control over the bitting of the horses I ride despite the fact that I hate it.
One thing does bother me. Today I went to a horse show and I saw a long lost friend who had become snooty thanks to being on her fancy horses that she clearly rides so much better because they cost more. The first thing she said to me was "Hey! Wow...You've really become cruel. You're using a gag? You're a horrible person." I proceeded to tell her that it wasn't my choice. She persisted, telling me how much better she was as a rider because she used a plain snaffle. I wanted to tell her how badly I wanted to train my horse to go in a french link, but she simply walked away...Rather snootily. When she was warming up her horse, it wouldn't listen to her one bit. Does she know that you still have to train horses to get them to listen? I commend her on not resorting to a harsher bit to solve her problems, but at least TRAIN your horse once you do!
I'm in a pretty sour mood because of this and the show getting rained out, I don't want to rain (no pun intended?) on your little snaffle parade. People bashing gags all the time gets me down a little, so I thought I'd share my side.
...In no way do I encourage anyone to disregard this thread. It is a lovely post.