Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
I have a French link eggbutt and a good old-fashioned single-jointed loose-ring snaffle in my toy box. Since the loose-ring snaffle is the same mouthpiece he's used to, and it has slightly more stopping power than the french-link, I tried him in that today. He went absolutely beautifully. He was so much more responsive to rein-cues. He always goes with his head pretty much close to vertical and his neck very bent (very nice for dressage, but a bit uptight for trails). He relaxed a little today with the snaffle and let his neck stretch out slightly. When he did his usual turn-and-run for the barn routine, he was no more difficult to stop than with the Tom Thumb bit. No need for a Pelham. I think no need for a Kimberwick either. Overall a huge improvement, and I hope to transition him over to the French-link as soon as we're both comfortable with this one. I'm never putting that TT bit back on him. Ever.