1) 1.5. I can't say that it is the mildest bit ever since I have not seen every bit in the world, but it is the most mild that I know of. No pinching points and the joint is not a nut cracker.
2) 6. The twist combined with the joint are a very strong combination, however it does not have scary shanks or a tight twist so it is not the worst I have seen. Definitely a bit I would never use on any horse.
3)4, if the horse is used to a curb. This is a pretty basic curb, but certainly not as mild as the first bit.
4)3, if the horse is used to a standard snaffle. I personally dislike the feel of this type of snaffle, but some horses do fine in this type of bit. Stronger than the first snaffle because of the joint.
To add on, I would not ride any horse in any bit that I would rate a 5 or higher. Any higher just seems like an instrument of discomfort rather than an instrument of communication. For my own horse, I would not use anything harsher than a 1-2.
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Last edited by roro; 01-27-2010 at 02:54 AM.