Ten Common Myths about Gaited Bits
- Myth #1: There is no such thing as a harsh bit, but only harsh hands.
- Myth #2: Any bit can be severe in the wrong hands.
- Myth #3: Bits with broken mouthpieces are snaffle bits.
- Myth #4: Snaffle bits are inherently milder than curb bits.
- Myth #5: All long shank bits are inhumane, unforgiving, and severe.
- Myth #6: A horse that is difficult to stop requires a more severe bit.
- Myth #7: Bits with solid mouthpieces can be used for direct reining.
- Myth #8: Tom Thumb bits are very mild.
- Myth #9: Wonder bits are useful, effective tools for gaited horses.
- Myth #10: Bitless bridles and hackamores are more humane that bits.
Isn’t it amazing how many inaccurate ‘facts’ there are regarding the subject of bitting a horse? There are certainly bits that are harsh regardless of how tactful the rider may be, and other bits that are very forgiving, even in insensitive hands.