My gelding prefers french links.
He works well in every bit I've put him in, in the sense that he still gave and was fairly soft, but it's just hard to explain...He just wasn't happy. Harder on the warm-up, mouthy, and just not comfortable.
French link-Boom, he's soft, quiet mouthed, and on the bridle right from the start.
I keep the mouthpiece the same for him. My curb and dee are both french links.
Another horse I worked, would react a lot more on different bits, by head tossing, mouth gaping, etc, in everything but a copper roller. He hated everything else.
It takes a while sometimes, but once you figure out their quirks, and put it all together, it's not too hard to find the bit they choose.
As far as using several bits- As I said, my gelding works fairly well in all. He takes very minimal bit pressure, just lots of leg, so the bits really just sitting there. As long as it sits properly in his mouth, he's fine. I currently have a copper roller, both french links, single joint, and myler all on my bridles. Sometimes, I just grab a bridle if ones still in the trailer or whatever.
I don't use separate bits for training purposes, rather then just when I have to, grabbing what's close for a light hack. Any real workout, I'd of course have him in his french link.
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Last edited by DejaVu; 01-12-2012 at 06:59 PM.