I a having trouples with bits to use on my horse. .
He is a very stocky 15.1hh station bred gelding a rescue horse and a very friendly soft mouth horse. .
I am having problems with trying to find a bit that I can stop in when showjumping as he turns into a very completly different horse when in the sj ring . . When I get into the rings he's just takes off and runs through his bit at the jump and as soon as he hears the bell he knws whats happening and start prancing and trying to canter. . Im just trying to find a bit that I can bring him back into a steady canter and not gallpo aroung madly giving mum heart attcks =P
His problem is that he is very fussy over the moouth peice and will rear and go over backwards if he has poll pressure , have tried pelhams and dutch gags with 1 and 2 reins but still rears with the slightest pressure. .
I do showjump him in hackamore no problems with rearing unless im WAY too heavy but that doesnt really happen . . But instead he tucks his head into his chest and he can't jump with his nose on his chest all the time and when I let go of the reins or push on or both forward so they slacken to loops in the reins and stretches out his canter but still keeps his nose on the chest. .
He is very fussy over the bit and he doesnt have a very big mouth so it has to be a very thin mouthpiece. . It can't have nutcracker action as he can't stand them and tosses his head. . Can't have poll pressure as he rears . . He is very good with mylers and loves them but still runs through them at a loose end here but the sj season has finished except for the odd winter series so have all winter to play with bits
So any help appreciated thanks