As you all know.. I am not a western rider by any margin. I cooled down a QH once if that counts??!! In jeans?!
Okay, in all seriousness. We have a few western riders, and my trainers breed QH, paints and appys.
But the bits all look so THIN.
I was always brought up with the thinner the bit, the more severe it is. Baby horse- thicker bit. As your horse gets older, thin it down as they have less room in their mouths.
You ride with a different contact to an english rider (I think?!) but is there a reason as to why you have thinner bits... is it to do with the contact, or the conformation of the horse's mouth?
Also, I have never ridden with double reins, or a curb bit before.. but sometimes I see some bits.. think they're called shank, or curb, or something (sorry!) and they look like a slat of metal, not round, with a roller bit in the middle.. THAT looks bizzare!
Apologies for the noobishness of my post- just wanting to learn about them as the German's on my yard can't explain WHY they have the bits in their horse's mouths. So I thought I'd ask you guys instead.