To make a long story short, lucky hates his bit and I am starting to. I love the idea of it, I just wish it was a little less shank.
It's a very heavy solid bit, it weighs about a pound, pound and a half to be honest.
It's a curb, but it has no port. It's a mullen mouth, not a straight bar, but the curved mullen mouths. Which is great, because lucky does not tolerate ported bits. Period. If you even touch the reins on a ported bit he stops in place and will not move until you change bits. And that's fine, I'm okay with that, I'd rather ride in a snaffle than a curb anyway BUT none of the snaffles I have fit him. They are all pony sized, and he's... well definitely not a pony! Now, the DOWNSIDE of that wonderful bit... is the shanks are 8 1/4" long. NO BODY needs that much leverage, period. That is way too much bit for me, way too much bit for him. If I even pull the rein a tiny bit, its like hell for his mouth, I feel like dancing on blades when I ride him in that bit, one wrong move and somebody's hurt.
The girl I bought him from said she only ever rode him in that, she has no idea what he may have been ridden in but he showed a few classes in western pleasure when he was two, and then did an entire season when he was three and four in that bit. I hate it though.
I am not experienced enough to deal with this bit properly and assure the happiness and safety of my horse.
It has to be changed.. The thing is, is I have no idea what bit to change to.
I want to do a snaffle, perhaps. Here are some bits I was eye-balling and let me know what you guys think. My price range is about $75, but I'd like to spend as little as possible because if the bit doesn't work out, I want to have the funds left to buy a different one.
Anyways, here is the list of the various bits I've been considering...
NOTE: Prices are without shipping. Add between 6 or 7 dollars for shipping, depending on bit weight.
The Colt Bit
Description: 5/8" sweet iron mullen port mouth. 5" cheeks. Colts that have a lot of natural flex can use this bit to learn curb pressure and help collect themselves without over flexing. This mouthpiece is especially gentle for tugging a young colt around. This mouthpiece is especially gentle for tugging a very young colt around. About $25.
Description: Stainless steel Dee ring snaffle. 5" copper mouth. About $20.
Racing Dee w/ Roller
Description: Stainless steel D-ring snaffle with copper roller. Dees are 3" high, 2" wide. Middle link eliminates nutcracker effect. About $25.
Eggbutt w/ Roller
Stainless steel eggbutt snaffle. Has added copper roller to keep the mouth moist and soft. Middle link eliminates nutcracker effect. About $25.
Description: Stainless steel eggbutt snaffle. 5" mint flavored flexi mouth. Gentle bit for a soft mouthed horse. Mint flavor encourages horse to accept the bit. 3" Rings. About $20.
Hackamore I was Considering
Description: 2-way adjustable leather with fleece lined nose. 7 1/2" shank. Adjustable curb chain. About $20.