Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
Hahaha too funny upnover ;) Rosebud, take a look at this thread: Bit Information (Snaffle and English-Type Bits) Hopefully it will help. Some questions I have for you: - What kind of riding do you do primarily? Do you neck rein or direct rein? - What kind of rider are you? Do you rely on your bit to steer and stop, or do you steer from your seat and leg? Personally I'm a fan of double jointed snaffles. I find that a lot of horses tend to prefer a double jointed bit to a single joint. (Even a horse that goes "well" in a single joint can go "better" in a double. Note I said a lot, and not "all.") I strongly suggest getting a dentist out first and foremost. They will be able to tell you what kind of mouth the horse has, which makes finding a bit just that much easier. Not to mention the other benefits of having a horse with pristine chompers ;)
I only trail ride, western and most my horses do neck rein. I believe this one will too.
I would say I rely more on my bit to steer and stop. Not 100%, but more than my legs and seat.
That article is helpful.....is there one for western bits too?
I live in SD, and the vets around here are farm vets. I don't know how much help they would be, as they are not horse dentists, like you could see in a metro area.
I appreciate the direction from all of you, though.