Originally Posted by I love Arabs
i have three over sensitive horses, One of them is an OTTSTB and the owners who rescued him had ABSOLUTELY no clue what a horse really even was, but they felt bad for him (and another stallion) becaue they were going to the meat truck... (bad combo) anyways I guess they went to the tack shop found a "pretty bit" that was cheap and bought two of them (i looked at it and researched it... turns out to be a gag it), the horse flipped over backwards (literally) and broke the mans back. They considered him a bad horse and kept trying to give him away so I took him and now ride in a rope halter. I ride WP and barrels, WP I don't think you can ride in gags (please please please correct me if im wrong!) and in barrels its not nesscary for my horse. I think every one has an opinion and mine is not to use a gag, id prefer my rope halters. The hardest bit I use is a twisted egg but (and curbs but only for my finished horse in WP CLASSES not practice)
Excellent point--"pretty bit", I've seen that before--you need to not only research what bits do, but introduce them carefully to your horse. Try to feel/imagine what it would feel like if you were the horse with the bit and bridle . . . . What are they asking for? And heavy hands . . . That's really true, too. The "cruelest" bit can make a horse light and responsive if the rider knows what they're doing; likewise, the gentlest bit can tear up a horse's mouth with a hard/heavy hand (I've seen it <cringe>).
Moral of the story--ask questions, study, ask questions, think, and try your decision bit gently with a light hand!!!
Happy trails, Renee