I just recently got an older Paso who is turning out to be a great horse.
I found him a great saddle that doesn't restrict his shoulders, but I am having a hard time finding a bit for him.
To my knowledge he was being used for barrel racing in the past by his previous owner. He moves well of my leg and has good respect under saddle.
My problem is that the bit that his old owner had him in was a spoon bit. And even though I consider myself to have soft hands I really want to change his bit to something less harsh as I believe he does not need to be in the current spoon bit.
He was never trained to neck rein either and this is something I would like to teach him. I have read that most Pasos do not do well in snaffles. Is there any truth to this? Doesn't seem like there would be.. however I am not sure as I have never owned a paso before. He has alot of energy but alot of respect as well. Would It be a better idea to switch him out of the spoon to a less harsh curb?
It was my thought that if he did not neck rein I should not use direct reins. Is this true?
Please let me know what you guys think, I just want to get him out of such a harsh bit. Even with soft hands he's such a good horse and moves well off of pressure I just do not think he needs it.