Originally Posted by Chief101
What kind of bit did you move onto? I currently have a snaffle.
Sam works well with a solid bit. If you are riding English or want to direct rein, you can look at Kimberwicks. Another member hooked me on this bit. You can find a solid curb Kimberwick with 2 slots for the reins. The bottom slot is more curb action (this bit does have a curb chain) and the top slot is more direct reining.
We are not competing where I have to worry about the style bit I use. I used to ride western with a curb and 5" shank. My horse did very well in that bit and was neck reining. I've switched disciplines and drank the 'dressage kool-aid' and he is coming along with me kicking and screaming.
Can you borrow a solid low ported bit to see what happens?