The gelding I lease goes in a figure 8 bridle, and his owner says to really tighten it up for riding. He has a French link loose ring snaffle, and a very soft, responsive mouth. I have recently been doubting if he really needs this, as he seems like he would go well in a plain hunter bridle. He is never head-strong, and I never have to use much pressure at all to get him to slow. He likes to play with his bit, and is always seeking contact or on the bit.he is the calmest horse I have ever seen, and is perfectly responsive to bit cues, and leg cues for the most part, he sometimes needs a crop. I noticed that the flash bugs him, and he always tries to scratch it.
So, does he really need the figure 8? Or should I try him in a plain hunter bridle?