i have been riding him in the ring with a french link, full cheek bit, but on trails i use a bit that looks similar to a kimberwick without the different rein slots. he is more than willing to walk, trot, canter, but stopping is the main issue out of the ring. if he is "fresh" in the ring he may want to keep cantering but is 99.9% controlled with the french link. when we ride in the field with another horse i think he may go back to his way of thinking that he used when he raced, he absolutely hates being last, hes just too slow. thats when the kimberwick comes into use, he will not stop for me unless i use a lot of pressure or pulley rein. But also in the ring he will evade bit commands, like turning or me trying to keep him going straight while he wants to stare at something. If work is too boring he will just look at everything la di la di da, doesnt spook, is just bored and wants to look at everything.