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Bit questions?

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For my horses, I just use a plain single jointed snaffle. That's pretty much all I've ever used, except using a curb bit on my old trainers western pleasure horse, and I'd like to think I have pretty soft hands.
What are your opinions on a twisted snaffle bit? I know a couple gals who use them, and I've heard some different things about them. I'm not planning on ever using them, just wanted to know. Of course, even a snaffle could be abusive in the wrong hands. Technically, you could hospitalize someone with a spoon 🤷‍♀️ One of the trainers at my barn uses it, and it truly has helped her and her horse.
What do you think, and what bits do you use on your horses?
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I won't use a jointed snaffle after watching a YouTube video on how they function. I used to use a full-cheek snaffle but I would never use a twisted wire snaffle, not on any horse, ever. I know people do, but I won't be one of them.

I am currently using a western curb bit I bought from Amazon and it works very well for me/us. I do own an unjointed snaffle aptly named "the missing link" that I used for a few months when I bought my gelding as I transitioned him to a curb bit. I've tried a Myler curb bit but I didn't like how my horse responded to it as much as the Gary Gist bit I'm using now. The spoon/spade of the current curb bit carries so very quietly in his mouth that often, when I finish riding, he'll still hold the spoon on his tongue so I have to wait for him to drop the bit into my hand as I carefully and gently lower the bit and headstall from his head. I always undo the leather curb strap whether putting on or off. Just my $.02 worth...
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