Does anyone have any experience with the Neue Schule starter bit???
The woman who taught the clinic I attended last week suggested it for Nova because of where she has a lower pallet and a fatter tounge it will give her tounge more room and encourage a better connection and be more comfortable??
I'm not a fan of big fat bits anyways. IMO a 16-18mm bit is generally good for almost every horse's needs, and most horses are comfortable in a simple french link or KK type bit.
If a horse is fussy with the bit, you can spend all sorts of time and money ordering new and fancy bits, or you can just ride and fix the training issue. I prefer the latter.
She mostly just opening and closes her mouth a bit.. kinda grinding.. which she's always done. But she responds to my french link fine.. keeps a nice round frame and reaching into the contact fine..bends no problems.. doesnt avoid it..The woman I took the lesson with just thinks this will give her room to move her tounge more rather then squishing it.. which might help her relax her mouth more?
I think that if your horse is going fine in a french link stick with that, particularly if she's got a low pallet.
That bit you posted, while lovely and gentle looking, leaves all the pressure of the bit on the bars of the horse, and because it's so far from her tongue it may actually hit her pallet. I find horses prefer bits that rest on their tongue more than anywhere else, the bars and pallet are both firm with no squish to them, while the tongue is squishy and can absorb some of the pressure. French links and KK type bits are my favorite for that reason. They don't hit the pallet, the pressure is applied to the bars, but the tongue has the ability to absorb some of the pressure or pick the bit up off their bars.
Most horses in single linked snaffles will lean hard into the bit so all the pressure is on their tongue or bars to avoid the joint hitting their pallet, so clearly that's where horses prefer the pressure.
IMO, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
ETA: if you really feel she needs more room for her tongue, you could look into something with a less extreme curve, like a myler:
I love the NS bits, all of my bits are now NS. But like Anebel, I'm not a fan of the fat 'round' bits. My current horse is now in a NS french link Baucher, after much consideration, and he loves it. I tried multiple bits before this one and he was always fussing with the contact until I tried this.
I have had a couple of standard french links by NS, lovely metal and very well made bits.
PunksTank.. Thanks for the insight on that! I was looking at mylers as well.. its such a hard choice because the ones I'm considering are expensive.. so I don't wanna jump on a certain one.. and figure out it doesn't work.
Kayty- Ill take a look at their normal french links. Good to hear someone has had a good experience with them though. Could you maybe send a link to one that you are refering to?
Is there any place that allows trials .... kinda like you would do on saddles? LOL!
I'm not sure if you have something similar in the US, but in Australia and I think the UK, we have an online bit site called the 'Bit Bank' which allows you to trail bits before you buy. Neue Schule Products - Bit Bank Australia
Lol Funny you mention that. I have been looking for them through the US.. and seem to only be able to find them through the UK... which really doesn't work for obvious reasons.. that's why I was hoping maybe someone on here knew of any.
Kayty - I like the bits in the link you posted much more than the one the OP was looking at. I don't know much about the brand, but I prefer them to have a little tongue relief, but not so much they can't use their tongue to buffer the pressure.