This thread is about dead but I haven't been on the forum for several days- been busy lately. I guess I have too many horses to ride. How can some of you have thousands of posts and still get your horses rode?
I took a bit and spur making workshop in 1991 at the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Have made about 250 bits and spurs since then. I think there are some inaccuracies about this bit that I'd like to try and clear up.
You can set this bit up anyway you would like and I won't tell you it is wrong but the bit was designed to be used a certain way. There has been some discussion about the middle ring. The middle ring is to prevent the mouthpiece from sliding up and down the shank. It is an easy, simple way to stabilize the mouthpiece that looks good if done right. It was not designed for a set of reins or to attach a curb strap to. In fact if you put the curb strap on the middle ring you would loose the mechanical advantage or leverage this bit was designed to give. If you put the reins on it, it would work like a d-ring snaffle and again would loose leverage. If you put a set of reins on the rein loop and a set on the middle ring I think I would need three hands to make it work properly- one hand for each direct rein and another hand for the indirect reins.
BTW- here in the Great Basin Buckaroo Culture if we use two sets of reins such as with a thin bosal under a bridle bit, we call that a two-rein set up or outfit (or simply a two-rein) not a 4 rein.
This bit is relatively severe because of the ratio between the upper and lower parts of the shank. It would work exceptionally well for someone with good hands.