Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
I'm currently reschooling a TWH mare I rescued (walking skeleton, standing a stall for at least a month with minimal food and water and obviously nobody cleaned her stall, she came with worms, 4 badly infected feet, rain rot, and terrified of people).
I'm starting her back (also rode in a long shanked twisted wire bit) in a plain eggbut mullen mouth bit. I found that bit works really well with Walkers who were on those long shanked and/or wire bits. The mullen gives them a quiet bit that isn't too "noisy" or have a nutcracker effect. I've tried French Links but for a lot of horses that is a bit with a lot of movement and I just found that the quieter a bit sits in their mouths, the easier the horse is to communicate with.
Snaffles are not the be all bit for every horse nor for every discipline. Each horse is an individual and especially when reschooling a horse, a snaffle is not always the best choice. Find the softest bit that fits the horse's entire mouth ie palette, tongue, bars, and lips and then work quietly and consistently with that bit.