Need this. Also need one of the giraffe snuggie/onsie things people have. Must.have.everything.Giraffe.
That last reblog just reminded me that I actually have a picture of the bridle Hickstead was wearing. I saw it at Spruce Meadows, and I actually cried. No wonder his mouth was gaping like that, this torture device was poking his palate every time Eric put pressure on the reins. So you see, just because this sort of bit is in the hands of a “professional”, still doesn’t make it humane or okay.
…So many people are bringing up this picture and saying this bit is “inhumane”. A bit like this has more weight, which feels more comfortable in the horses mouth and the thicker bar allows for less pressure in one area. The “stabby looking thing” is a spade that actually distributes any pressure put on the horses mouth more evenly than what a snaffle or a bar with a port would. Very well trained horses work more comfortably with these mouth pieces since they work mainly off of the leg and need little guidance from the rein. The spade does not gag the horse or come anywhere close to their throat. Also, letting a horse’s mouth “gape” means that the rider wasn’t cinching it’s noseband so tight that it couldn’t open it’s mouth. Hickstead was a hard working athlete, he loved his job, and I don’t believe he was ever in pain due to bitting.