so duke goes in a traditional gag. well somewhat. he was in a 3 ring for our last event and with me sitting as deep as humanly possible while UPHILL and half halting and then pulley reining every stride he still ran off with me xc... fortunately we had schooled the course 2 weeks before so he knew where to go but let's just say i didn't set the pace, and more than once we almost did novice rather than BN jumps... so up to gag. funny thing is he flats in a plain ol' cyprium three piece bean snaffle. anyway he likes the gag and i have some control when he gets excited (he's 1800#).
problem is i got new gag cheeks and they don't fit through the holes! how do i soften the leather to get it to fit (its been oiled some - can do more?). already took the hardware off of course. problem is i can't just get a different brand that has bigger holes bc it is a 7" bit (i wasn't lying when i said he's big haha).
thoughts? i heard soap then i heard soap was bad. heard hot water to soften the leather then heard no to that too. help please! i can post pics tonite. you'll lol at the size of the **** bit... haha!