Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
" TWH are often ridden in a tight rein curb bit with long shank."
That's because they don't train them. It is completely unnecessary. We ride all of ours with a bit similar to the one shown in my post. And with very, very light contact with the mouth. Just enough to keep the reins from flopping. Any more and you need to go back and do some more training. It is true, that most gaited horses will look for some bit contact, but they don't need nearly as much as all too many folks think.
Most of the time when they think they need tight reins, it is not tight reins they need, but rather, a heavier bit with a lot of tongue relieve. To get some horses started, I've taped some lead wheel weights to the shanks of the bit. Don't usually need them for very long, but can help get them started.
The Mylar you have is much better than the high port, long shanks you see so much. I'd like to see it have a bit more tongue room. But should work just fine with light contact.