Originally Posted by Natbos
SMROBS:"I am all for an experienced horseman using a twisted bit or a harsher curb to re-mouth a horse that came to them ruined"
This is contradicting, isn't this what you would call a "ruined" "hard mouthed" horse..
Yes, but if the horse's mouth has been ruined, sometimes it does take a harsher bit to remind them that they need to respect the bit. If they are really hard, often times a nice simple snaffle just won't have the umph to demand respect.
The thing about those harsher bits is that you really need to know how to use them in order to avoid making the problem worse and that's why I said "experienced horsemen".
"but to bit up a horse because you no longer have control in the snaffle without first finding out why you no longer have control in the snaffle will just cause more problems."
I never said she was out of control in a snaffle I said she pulls and mouths the bit. If she was out of control I would not put my 4 yr old on her in a snaffle, or any other bit for that matter.
I am not asking for a harsh bit to "correct" the problem. I Was just thinking she may like a diffrent kind of snaffle better that may help ease her mouthing and pulling.
Then I apologize, I apparently read your post wrong and made the assumption that you simply didn't have enough control and were wanting options on which bits would give you control.
The pulling is likely something that remains from her previous riding experience and will need to be addressed with training on how to properly give to the bit. Unfortunately, she's probably never been taught that.
As for the mouthiness, you might consider a double jointed snaffle with a roller or some rings like these.... FES Sweet Iron Snaffle with Copper Roller in D-Rings at Schneider Saddlery Egg Butt Snaffle with wrapped Dog Bone :: Tack in the Box
And if it seems to help to have something in her mouth to fiddle with but the rollers just don't seem like enough, you can get one with keys Green River Tack
One thing to watch out for though with those pacifier bits. Some horses get so engrossed in playing with the bit that they begin to tune out the more subtle cues from the rider.