He is over 5, so per AQHA (and every other show around here rules) western, we have to ride in a shanked bit...I have been using:
He seems to like it fine. However, I am actually wanting to take him back to the basics as I want to transistion over to Dressage. I have been looking at the Myler bits and there are just too many options to choose from.
I decided to place him as a Level 1 on their scale just because we have been having problems lately and I want to go back and fill any gaps he has...Here is what I was thinking:
Level 1: Level One
• Horse has just begun training or has had little training
• Is learning basic gaits, transitions and obedience
• Has begun to “break at the poll”
Or here is the website: Myler Bits USA
So what I was thinking was:
Mouthpiece with D ring snaffles.
I want to go back and work on the basics of collection as I think my trainer has been skipping out on some and just forcing him into frame (videos to come).
Is there something else I should try? He likes to ignore very soft bits, He will flat out refuse to listen to the O Ring snaffle I have tried even when he was at his best. I want something with a bit of bite, but nothing too severe.
Any suggestions as far as English and Western? I know I want something with a linked mouthpiece...but that's about all I know.
Sorry if this post is pretty confusing.