So this horse is an 8 year old barrel mare that I'm leasing for my equestrian team. When I first rode her I put her in a twisted wire snaffle. Sometimes she was pushy, but not bad. Then the owner wanted to bit her up and put her in a gag bit, which she is very responsive in but when I take it off she pulls back BADLY. To the point she's throwing her head, rearing, scared of it and trying to get away.
I took my "Baby horse" snaffle and she still tosses her head but she doesn't pull back. But I have virtually no contorl if she's trying to be pushy.
So I'm looking for a new bit that's gentle enough on her teeth if she tosses her head, but stil has some bite when its in her mouth.
I'm not very good with choosing bits....I'm trying to learn more but I'm not quite there yet :P The gag bit we're riding in....as much as I'm ashamed to say it, I don't know what it is xD It has these cheekpieces but it has what looks like a dogbone mouthpiece. I don't have much experience with it...
Sorry if I'm not very helpful. I just want to make the owner happy by bitting her up a little but also make me happy by putting something a little easier on her in her mouth.