I'm trying to find a bit that will work with my mare. I've come to the conclusion that any kind of shanks are out of the question for now. She works great with a plain old snaffle, but I want something without that "nutcraker" action. I don't want shanks for now because, firstly, she's calmer without them for some reason, and it's easier to get her round without them too. She's the special kind of special.
I eventually want to try a Jr. Cowhorse for running barrels, when she actually gets to the point where we can compete.
She's a chomper and fidgeter, so I think something with rollers would be awesome for her.
What do you guys like?
Please share your suggestions too!
When I was experimenting with bits, I tried one like that last one you pictured. My horse loved playing with the middle piece so much, he didn't want me to take it out of his mouth. Unfortunately it's not legal in eventing, so I ended up with a snaffle with a middle lozenge piece. If those are all legal in your discipline, either one with the copper roller piece would probably encourage a softer jaw.