Boring Background story: My gelding and I (well, I would He's along for the ride if he lets me.) I'm hoping to work him in dressage because I want to learn and teach him to do more because I know he can do a lot more then what I'm pushing for. Currently I'm moving from a 40horse+ show barn to a quiet 6 horse farm that he and I will be the 6th horse. We haven't worked under a trainer in the last 4-5 months, and I know he can do much more if I have goals in line.
Originally he is a hunter horse, but I would like to make him not quite a 3 day horse but I want to work him into jumping and dressage- So I guess more of a 2 day horse .
On to the Question: With Dressage I would like to eventually work him up into a double bridle. He has has a double bridle for saddleseat in his mouth before and has had the long curbs- but I'm looking to buy a double bridle with a bit "mellower" in the bit department. Right now I ride him in a Roller with a D ring. Of course I wouldn't be putting a double bridle on him every time I ride him and make it a regular thing- just a once and a while for schooling and if I decide to do shows and working my way up, but right now I'm still riding him in a Roller D- I'm just wondering if you all would be able to help me in finding a double bridle "combo" that would be "gentle" on his mouth.
Of course I do know that a bit is only as hard as the hands who control it, I know I have decently soft hands myself, just I will openly admit I'm very very green when it comes to knowing about bits and there severity. Thank you so very much.