Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Southern Oregon
Bit cheek pieces and shanks
We just got a 5 year old gelding. I rode him prior to buying him and the owner had him in a loose ring twisted wire snaffle. She said she rode all her horses in the same headstall, that he could go in anything. He's well broke and knows all the basics+. I currently have a mid-weight loose ring snaffle that I was going to work him in to start out with. I am starting to become interested in the myler comfort snaffles and, once I see if he is OK in a standard snaffle, going to get one.
I was wondering when I should move up to a shank. I know that it uses poll and curb pressure but I wasn't sure whether I should go ahead and buy one with a 5" shank or stick with a O or D ring. If I DO stick to an O or D ring, when should I move him to a shank?
He knows all the basics, side pass, haunch and front end turns, lead changes etc. I also saw her do a sliding stop with him but for me he stopped more on his front end.
I really appreciate your help. My goal is to keep him in the mildest bit possible, as I ride more with my legs and seat. I also want to make sure that he isn't trying to run through or invert out of the bit.
I appreciate any and all advice.