So I have a horse who I haven't quite figured out which bit she likes best yet so I'm playing around with different kinds! We do dressage so I'm looking for one that is dressage legal of course. Here is what we've tried so far and how she has reacted to each...
French link Dee ring snaffle -- Her favorite so far...I can get her to have moments of acceptance and rounding with this bit but it takes a ton of leg/rein pressure to do it, she hangs on this one normally.
Single jointed Dee ring snaffle -- Gives me the ability to use less pressure but after awhile she starts to get offended and tries to escape the bit, I don't think she likes the nutcracker effect of the single jointed bits.
Single or French link Eggbutt snaffles -- Basically the same as above except I have less control with Eggbutt, Dee ring seems to work best for her.
Loose ring and full cheek bits -- same as Eggbutt but even less response from her, she tends to run through these.
Tom thumb Pelham -- by far the best bit for her but unfortunatey not legal in dressage. She doesn't get offended by this bit and is very light and responsive. But I know this is a stronger bit because of the leverage and it's a moot point since it's not allowed in dressage anyway.
One of my friends suggested a Happy Mouth bit for her, but I wonder if that kind of bit would just be easily ignored by her? Anyone have any suggestions?
Also as a side note I do work with a trainer and whatever I take with the reins I first apply with the legs, so I'm not trying to skip fundamental training with a bit, just trying to find the one she likes best that will make it the easiest for her to perform what I am asking her to do
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