I've been riding my OTTB in a regular snaffle bit (cheap one prob, got it from my father in law). He does really well in it but sometimes I feel like he isn't getting as much direction as I'd like. Being raced in a similar bit I think he's a little numb to it at times. Don't get me wrong, we haven't had any problems with it I'm just not sure I love it any more. I don't want a more sever bit, I was just thinking of something like a french link. Something different that will give more direction with softer hands. What do you guys think about them?
French link is about as soft as you can get besides rubber IMO. I use a Dee ring French link snaffle with my mare. You mention getting more direction, not sure exactly if you mean it the way I'm thinking or not but I was always told a dee ring helps with lateral movement and I noticed a positive difference when switching from an Eggbutt to the Dee.
Probably should have asked this first but you're referring to English bits right? Posted via Mobile Device
French link gives a different feel than a regular snaffle. Snaffles work off of bar pressure more so and french link work off of tongue pressure.
But the side rings (loose, Dee, Eggbutt, half cheek, full cheek, gag, etc.) offer different kinds of pressure. Loose offers none. The rest offer different degrees of lateral pressure, which is kind of like having a hand adding pressure on one side of the face to push them into the right direction.
By direction I mean a different feel. Something he will notice a little more due to change in pressure points rather than a more severe bit. I want to get away from the bit he was raced in and find something gentle that feels different to further our training. I was wondering about a full cheek. Is that too much? I'm going from a D-ring snaffle.
I rode in the exact same bit you just listed, but a diffirent brand, before I switched to my Myler.
It works really well! My boy completely ignored bar pressure - numbed from the track - but when we switched to tounge pressure, he just improved so much. I would def. Give that french link, full cheek 5 stars. Really wished my Myler was a full cheek, because I really liked the effect it had on Cowboy.
So for an OTTB, I say 100% yes, switch to the French :)