I had an extremely eye opening lesson yesterday on many levels. One thing that came to light was that my horse was guarding himself a bit to the french link bit I had on him. He was not interested in stretching into the contact. She switched to a bit she had and he seemed more comfortable. Problem is, it has sweet iron, so I can't use it for shows.
The trainer recommended a thicker version of the french link. My horse has a big tongue, so I'm not sure if thicker is the way to go. I'm just curious what other Thoroughbred owners are using for bits? The milder and more sensitive bit, the better. Just need some new ideas on what to try.