I have a newish horse, have had him a little over 3 months now. I have tried a couple of bits on him but he never really took to them and I finally figured out...he doesn't like a jointed mouthpiece. I started him off with an O-ring snaffle. He constantly chewed and rolled it around, would work it back and even bite it. I have a full cheek with a wider moutpiece, same reaction. I have a mullen mouth pelham, so I put that on him and he seemed much more at ease with it. He responds much better and has stopped all the chewing and seems more relaxed.
My issue is this...this is my 4 year old daughter's horse, she rides western and certainly can't handle two sets of reins. Right now, I just have her reins on the snaffle ring and I'm letting her ride that way. I'd like to have something more appropriate and western oriented, but there are so many bits out there and I'm totally overwhelmed. Can someone recommend a few so that I can narrow down my choices?