Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Your mustang needs more training, NOT a new bit. But training with a mild bit will help. I would suggest that you not trail ride her until you get that head throwing under control. My 5yo QH, "Buster" stopped throwing his head with more training and a shift to 2 different bits. I had a rubber-mouthed, straight bar bit already, so I multi-tasked and got him to accept the bit and to introduce a curb chain with this bit. He stopped throwing his head up and down, so now I've schooling him with a Dr. Bristol full-cheek snaffle, which I also had in my tack room. IMHO, it's always good to own a simple full-cheek snaffle bc you horse WILL turn his/her head when you pull with it, and it will NOT pull through the horse's mouth. So, I recommend you buy one. Every farm supply store carries them--$20.00
When people rode/worked horses before the automobile they didn't worry about finding a new bit for a horse, they just used what was available. THAT should tell you that training is FAR MORE IMPORTANT than the equipment. However, every well trained horse should take rein cues and stop on a simple snaffle. If NOT, then the horse needs retraining.