Originally Posted by PintoBean
So I have started gaming with my horse. I first used a snaffle, but he was not very responsive, so I switched to a kimberwick ( I have no other bits).He is fine unless he is grumpy, which happens quite a bit, then he puts his head down and bucks. I try to pull his head up but it doesn't work. I don't want a harsher bit, but one that encourages him to keep his head up.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
I have to echo WildSpot in her questions...
In what ways is he unresponsive?
When does he start bucking, and do you know what triggers that response?
How do you try to pull his head up? What do you do when he acts unresponsive?
I agree with many of the others, in that you may not need a stronger bit, but may just need some help learning how to help him through his unresponsive bouts.
Perhaps try a full cheek snaffle, or maybe even a side pull, or short shanked hackamore.