Just thought I should post this.
A bit is a communication tool; and like any communication tool, it can get abused. A bit is only as harsh as the hands behind it.
Very true. Any bit - snaffle, spade, kimberwick, mullon, even a simple halter or neck rope is abusive depending on the hand thats using it.
A stronger bit won't teach your horse how to stop correctly. It will only **** it off more.
Most people don't understand what the powers of 'releasing' can do on your horse to teach it things. This includes stopping.
Bits are communication devices.... they are not ment to be abusive. Look at how the vaqueros teach their horse how to take their huge bits.
YouTube - Californio, Buckaroo, Vaquero - Art of the Traditional Vaquero Two Rein video
Their horses are soft and supple. Not ****ed and tossing heads left and right.
trailhorserider summed it up pretty much. Horses are still prey animals. Their instinct is to run. Any dead broke horse is still a horse, they will do unpredictable things and spook. A horse is a horse, not a car hehe.I think with todays advances with training, understanding horses, and so many option to learn other training methods, then why must we use bits? If your horse will not respond to you with out the use of a "tool" then maybe you need to do more work with it?