05-06-2014, 03:07 PM
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Well, it's probably not just your bit that's the problem. It certainly wouldn't hurt to go to a snaffle. Kimberwickes are more complicated bits that should be reserved for more advanced horses and riders. It gives cues through direct pressure on the reins, and the rotation of the bit gives signals through the curb chain as well as poll pressure. This can be confusing to a green horse. Your horse may respond better in a snaffle due to the simplicity of a snaffle alone.
You also have to keep in mind that rein aids are different to the horse than halter cues. Just because a horse is responsive to a halter, does not mean they will be responsive in a bridle. It just feels different to them and they have to learn to respond to a bridle separately. Your horse may just need further training. If you are uncertain of how to work through it on your own, then perhaps a few lessons are in order.