"Bits are a tool. There are no such things as a "soft" or "harsh" bits - only soft and harsh hands." You have heard it. You may have even said it. But, it is really true? What does it really mean when that is said? Doesn't that mean that when using the same hands ("soft" or "harsh") in two different bits that the bits are equal? Is that right? A smooth, single-jointed snaffle in "harsh" hands works exactly the same and has the same "severity" as a twisted, single-jointed wire snaffle in "harsh" hands? Same thing for "soft" hands? What about a thick(er) mullen versus a thin(er) mullen? If not, doesn't that mean that bits do have an inherent "severity" (or more "umph"/signal/warning/whatever)? If so, why do we say that bits don't have a severity - that they have "more advanced bits" and that "it's all in the hands"?