Originally Posted by Northern
Bitting Rule: rider gets to choose the bit only when there are two or more bits which the horse likes equally.
Same with saddles.
The plot thickens when a rider discovers that one bit controls the horse out of pain, & chooses to use it as a quick fix to training/savvy holes: the horse DOESN'T like that bit, but rider doesn't care, because it seems to fix lack of control. It does. Until it doesn't.
You see this all too often.
I am aware some horses require a stronger bit, however if its wrong in the training, a stronger bit may help for a short while, but then you'll end up on square one again!
Unfortunately I have never found a horse with two likes in a bit.. but I haven't much experience.
Another thought for those with older horses, especially English riders.. I found my boy at 19 had the same bit as when he was 16 and was a nightmare. Why? He didn't have enough room in his mouth to take a chunky bit.
My friend had her new mare's teeth done today- no wonder the mare was taking the bit between her teeth and bombing.. she was in a lot of pain.
Just things to think about with if you need to change a bit, WHY it needs changing