Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
The Spanish spade bits are the toughest bits you can use on a horse but they are used regularly on a horse that is well trained for it and by a rider who is very skilled in it's use.
Is a double wire snaffle severe? Yes by about 90% of the riders out there but if your friend's hands are soft and the horse goes well in it, it might be OK. It's just not a bit I would use - and I've been riding my whole life and training for over 30 years. I never found a horse, as bad as some that I've had, that would improve with the use of one.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
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