Originally Posted by ladyicon
I find that if I put a bit in his mouth, he spends the whole ride playing with it. I only use the hackamore for brakes when needed.
A huge percentage of gaited horses "worry" their bits. Mostly this is a Good Thing as it keeps saliva flowing and keeps the mouth soft. It can get excessive and it can also be a sign of an ill fitting or ill adjusted bit.
Since my discipline requires riding in contact the hackemore is not something I have much use for.