They are too stiff and clumsy and one loses the feel of the horses mouth.
The snaffle reins only are gathered in the right hand so as to feel the horses mouth lightly.
This may appear very like bishoping, or putting marks in a horses mouth to conceal his real age.
And it is quite a treat to see her drive her ponies; she knows how to handle a horses mouth.
A well-placed bit will just clear the tusks in a horses mouth, and in that of a mare will lie one-inch above the corner teeth.
In using it, however, you must see that the headstall is long enough for the pressure to lie on the bars of the horses mouth.
You should avoid working the fingers about when riding, as doing so is very apt to shift the bit in the horses mouth.
Keep the horses mouth always in play, so as to keep up its fine feeling, indispensable to his correct guidance.
By-and-by you can use a single bridle, if you prefer, with whichever bit you think best suited to your hand and your horses mouth.
Do not let people touch the hammer or trigger of your pistol, any more than you would let them jerk your horses mouth.