I ride my best horse in a half breed spade bit. It would send some members of this thread into convulsion to see it (I'll try to post a pic later) but it is a very mild bit for a horse that is ready for it. I ride other horses in a single jointed snaffle or a bosal or sometimes I use a bit called the junior cowhorse that is a slow action gag bit with a double jointed snaffle mouth and a copper roller. I have some other special purpose bits that I occasionally use but these are the ones that get the most use.
There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill