I ride a 7 year old gelding, 15hh, cobish but light. I do a bit of everything with him, eventing, show jumping, dressage, hunter trials. He is a bit strong but rides mainly off of seat rather than hands, so ther is not much pulling but he needs the back up every now and again if he wont listen to my other aids or wont round himself. For flatwork he goes fine in a snaffle but doesnt really listen or carry himself as well as he can and for jumping he won't listen at all. He has been going quite well in a three ring dutch gag, jumping and flatwork, single jointed but recently I tried a three piece curb, double jointed with copper on him and it suited him. I was wondering which bit would be the gentler option since he goes quite well in both and I don't want to up the bit strength but work towards having him work well and jump in a snaffle. I have heard the three piece curb is a strong bit but it seems more gentle to me as it is double jointed whereas the dutch gag has the nutcracker effect and poll pressure.
His Dutch Gag
Three piece Curb bit ( English Tom Thumb)
Thanks for your help, I want to do right by the horse, he shouldn't suffer for my ignorance.
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