thanks, Betty. An impressive looking article and the bits (no pun intended) that I did read, ring true
Over the years, for different reasons, I've collected a few bits, including two Waterford Baucher bits - two different makes. I bought the second hoping that it was a smaller diameter Waterford part. Marginal at best compared to the first and I still feel a little too thick for Arabians.
the waterford part is the same as the first Waterford Baucher that I bought - it's rounder than the Neue Schule brand.
I haven't ridden them in the Waterford Baucher bits in an endurance ride because my thoughts are that that's a lot of bit to be carrying around for a minimum of 4+hours. They're not light weight bits.
I bought a Myler bit (perhaps similar weight to the WB! (will have to weigh them)) and he's responded well to this but currently he's on holiday ie not training and no rides before 2014. Time will tell. Training isn't the issue; its the ride, the excitement of the ride, itself.
< this style though mine has the English style nose band and more port to the bit >
One of the bits that I have is a Wilson bit - used for harness work rather than the conventional Liverpool bits that are shanked (with various levels of pressure).
Wilson bit> The cheek strap is either buckled around both rings (for a softer bit) or to the loose ring. The reins, can either be around both rings or the secure/bitted ring. If separate - reins and cheek strap is buckled around the separate rings, then the snaffle is harsher as well as ring pressure (the trapped ring holding the cheek strap).