Originally Posted by tinyliny
I think it is legal for showing dressage, but it isn't so common. You stick by your guns with that bit. If it works, it ain't broke and needs no fxing.
Well the horse in question is my new horse, who is being delivered to me tomorrow (
). The lady recommending a shank bit is a friend of the owner, and she's ridden him several times. I have not ridden him. I'm big on groundwork and he needs training. I have no idea how he responds to a bit. He's just going to be a trail horse; I go super slow with training and use lots of detail and softness. She says he is very forward, and that's why she recommends the shanked bit (he is ridden in a TT with a copper mouthpiece, but I'd never be caught dead with one of those lol). She said just for now, until I get him trained. But I won't ride him till he responds to the frenchie, that's usually how I do it. Lol.
Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom
That's a d-ring french-link snaffle, like you said. Never heard of a dressage bit, but this is definitely allowed in dressage (and I believe British Dressage allow snaffles at all levels, including GP - not sure about other countries but they're definitely allowed at lower levels). Frankly I think your "training them til they soften up" is the right way to go about it - harsher bits just cover up training holes, they don't fill them. I wouldn't be using a shanked bit, especially on this person's advice - perhaps by "dressage bit" they meant a curb?
She said something about using a Pelham on him, which is what I think when I think "dressage bit" lol. Honestly my goal is to just go bitless with every horse I ride, because I don't show. So hacking around in a halter is what I prefer. But I will use my frenchie at first to soften them up.
Thanks guys. :)