This is another one of those "things I've pondered a while, and don't know the answer." If you've got an opinion, I'm hoping you'll share. There are no "wrong answers" - Let's all remember that Opinions are like Armpits, everybody's got at least two, and they might stink. :)
How much bit is "too much"? Do you ever enter a competition ring, look at the other horses' bits, and think "Man, I must have a real issue.. The bit on my horse is atrocious." Or, do you ever enter the ring and think, "Whoo wee... what did that mare ever do to that lady?! She put WHAT in her mouth? OWCH!"
Ransom goes in a full cheek slow twist snaffle. That's what he was sent to me with, and I haven't changed it. I've considered lessening it, but this is where I'm not sure what is "too harsh"...
Romeo goes Western in a Tom Thumb, what I believe is the mildest I can get away with in open western pleasure events. is that true? In hunters, I'm warming him up in a twisted copper wire (pretty thick) loose ring snaffle, then showing in a loose ring french link (copper in the middle) snaffle. I love the french link - I think that's pretty mild. The twisted wire, however, ugh. It seems to be doing the trick, but it seems harsh to me.
What do you use? What looks like "too much" to you? Is there something you'll never use? Is there any merit to "bit for the task, change them up often"? Do you change bits depending on the event?