Well, she isn't my horse, I ride her to get her to get her ready to be sold. I ride for free and show for free, so changing trainers is not an option.
I agree the bit is really harsh...it's really used for barrel horses it's a western bit so obviously can't use it in an english show. I really like how she listens with it because my problem is when I use another bit, I have to have really heavy hands and use a lot of leg...to get her into a frame. I get really tired, then I start getting sloppy, and she just takes advantage. With this bit, I can have a light hand and just use my legs and seat to keep her moving, instead of doing 10 things at once.
She hates everything that has to do with working. She'll just find the easiest way to do something, then just do it the same way every time regardless of what I'm telling her to do.
I've been riding her for about 8 months...some days she's great other days she's a brat. I've only used that bit about 3 times, I jumped her in it yesterday, and she was great. I was able to keep my shoulders back and I wasn't getting yanked over the jumps.
Also I don't think I can use a double bridle in a hunter show. I think I'll just practice in the pelham until the show. She has come a very very long way with not using a harsh bit..she used to not even want to trot. Just getting her to round up and use he back is like running a marathon without training first.
Thanks everyone for your help.
Last edited by ErikaLynn; 11-22-2010 at 01:23 PM.