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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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The below bits are all versions of a twisted snaffle....a bit more information is needed before I would give comment on a generic "twisted snaffle" comment,... who should use it , why it should or could be used, who it benefits, how to use, how to adjust a headstall for optimum communication...and who shall be handling the reins of communication must all be taken into consideration whether use or not and will it help or cause a injustice to a team approach.
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Some of these can be pretty scary looking to view and you better know what you're doing if you are handed a set of reins that connect to one of these...
These also come in western bits, the above are only "English" oriented but these mouthpieces exist in all disciplines.
From simple snaffle to pelhams, gags to western curb, dressage bradoons to driving and more than you can imagine.
Then add in offset mouthpiece, half twist to even more strange combinations just to look at. Combine that with slow, medium or fast twist and you have very different instruments of communication to have.

I've mentioned before I have a box of bits not to use, but so they are not used on any animal hopefully some were one-of-a-kind made special and the mold broken after casting.
A lot of people are outraged a horse wears this in English tack but a barrel racer has this and more, another rides in a variety of gag bits, elevator bits and nothing is said...:rolleyes:

I have a slow twist, different from what most know or think they know.
On my 17.2 hand, very forward strong horse it was only used in the show ring when adrenaline and excitement made him so strong he could not and would not settle and listen.
I chose to not crash fences and needed a bit more than a snaffle afforded me but a pelham made him suck-back not working either.
A slow twist was different enough he went "Oh, time to listen" and I did not hang on his face, ride strong-armed or sit on a flying animal that my judges card wrote "SPEED KILLS" in a hunter over fences class...
That slow twist gave me the ability to ride gently with total communication between us...we never schooled at home with it...this bit only was for days he could not settle down to ride smart.

I have ridden horses in all of those I pictured and then others I could not find clear picture of that differentiate what was seen easily.
I have bits many not know exist and they are mass produced not special design & order...
I have a very different education and exposure to horses and riding than most do of younger ages than I.
Honestly, if you could ride with minimal contact or having the fight of your life what would you choose, why and who benefits not to be face-hauled on....might have some think differently if you are faced with that situation.
A big part is the rider having the education to utilize the bit carried by the horse, the horse to respect and understand the bit they carry....and working as a partnership even in communication shared.
🐴... jmo...
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I'd reach for a curb bit before a twisted snaffle, but I wouldn't assume a twisted snaffle is cruel. One uses the least bit a horse responds to, and then trains the horse for more responsiveness, until both horse and rider are happy with what they are doing. What works for Bandit and me isn't what many would want...but it does work for us.
This is perfect bsms....

If you need more you choose carefully, wisely and then train so it becomes much less than what it appears as...

Its a tool, no more no less than spurs or crop and whip or any is who and how it is used that makes or breaks it to being a working tool of gentle communication.
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