Originally Posted by Cobalt
By bit guards what do you mean? Same thing I'd think of in the English world?
So can you explain to me the way a gag bit works? My education in this is seriously lacking!
If you ever look at a gag bit, look at the mouth piece. It slides, so unlike say a tom thum the mouth piece isn't locked in right away, it slides up then locks in. Becomes engaged. So most horses will move as soon as the mouth piece begins to slide up, so theres never usually full mouth pressure. Unless the horse is really lacking in training and has the bit just thrown on for more control, though you'd know if this was the case because the horse would most likely have their head in the air fighting the bit. Being on the bit can be hard for a horse that's used to minimal bit pressure and is used to neck reining.
And bit gaurds, like the english ones but usually you need ones that open with either velcro or snap together, they normally have a smaller circle than the old anes anyway. Better in my opinion. You can find them on statelinetack.com