I have a 7yr-old bay QH gelding who hasn't been going in his bit very well lately. As soon as I put it in his mouth he chews on it and opens his mouth (like he's yawning). He fights it a bit at the beginning of a ride, but once we start working he usually settles down and accepts the bit pretty well. (He doesn't fight/toss his head as much)
However, I still think I could use a little better quality bit. I currently ride in a Tom Thumb, always have. It was the bit my first trainer recommended, and I never really tried out others.
My gelding needs something to keep him busy, especially his mouth. At times he borderlines being mouthy, but most times he just gets bored easily and needs something to play with. I'm considering getting a roller, what do you think?
Also, I will be purchasing bit guards, do they take any width off the bit? I recently had a trainer suggest I get a 5 1/2in for him, will that be wide enough with the bit guards? (Reinsman Easy Button Bit Guard)
These are the two bits I was looking at.. would you recommend either one?
Western SS Tom Thumb Copper Dog Bone Bit - Horse.com