Okay, so I ride my horse (huntseat) in an eggbutt snaffle and generally a loose rein (he's fairly green). When I ask him to back, and put more contact on the bit, I get the feeling that his snaffle is bending and jabbing him in the roof of his mouth. It might not be, but he often raises his head and acts uncomfortable to back.
Anyways, I was considering trying a French Link on him. I've heard they're mild bits and resist the roof jab of a regular snaffle.
But I'm a little confused between the French Link and Dr Bristol (which I know has a differently angled center that angles into the horse's tongue).
Look at these two eBay auctions for French Link bits: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...0%3D%26fvi%3D1 http://cgi.ebay.com/loose-ring-5-fre...QQcmdZViewItem
See how the center piece in these two bits are angled the opposite? Like at a 90 degree angle variance. I heard the Dr Bristol is about a 45 degree angle difference from a French Link.
So, what is an actual French Link Bit?
And what about those Mylar Comfort Snaffles with the center piece? Are they technically a snaffle or double-jointed bit?
Also, any opinions on eggbutt, loose ring, or full cheek? I'm not very educated on bits...I've just been using my snaffle since that's what my horse's previous owner used.