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I'm after bit advice for my pony who - typically - has a mind of his own.
He likes to 'try it on' to see what he can get away with; this is just general carry on and bucking. He doesn't rear. When we're on the cross country course he will sometimes pull his head forward and down - taking my contact with the bit with him and tugging me forward a little out of the saddle. He will also 'lock' his jaw against the bit, generally when I want him to turn a certain way and he doesn't want to go.
Today on the Cross Country training day we went to he was being a right handful: jig-jogging, bucking, trying to take off, being difficult to stop and grabbing the bit. He settled down after a while but was still 'trying it on'.
He is fine on the Show Jumping and Dressage phases but I'd just like a little more control on the Cross Country.
I currently ride in an eggbutt snaffle but have used a tom thumb in the past. I also use an eventers breastplate with a martingale attachment.
Should I change my bit? I don't really want to use a curb at all as I think that would be too strong for him.
Tom Thumb? Loose ring? D ring? Full cheek? Etc.
Any input would be good (: