Thanks in advance for everyone's advice. I am a Hunter rider and just purchased a 4 1/2 year old Dutch Warmblood/TB a week ago. He hasn't had much training (old owner rode him maybe every 5 weeks). She rode him in a copper eggbutt bit. The first time I rode him when I was trying him out, he was very soft and carried his head nicely, playing with the bit of course because of the copper. When he came to the barn I ride at, my trainer put him in a D-ring French link and he hated it. Threw his head up and she immediately took it off. Then she put him in a D-ring French link with a very slow twist (It looks like this one only with a french link in the middle): Slow Twist Barrel Dee Ring Bit. The link of course isn't twisted or anything. He has a very soft mouth. And I have soft hands as a rider.
He seemed to be okay with this one. He doesn't throw his head up in protest, but...he's also not carrying his head like he did when I test rode him at the previous owner's farm. He's only been at our stable for a week and he looks around a lot when we're riding in the arena, just curious with his surroundings. So I can't tell if he doesn't like his bit or if he's just not used to where he is and he's young. He constantly grinds the bit when I'm riding him. Again, I can't tell if he hates it or if he's just young. He also does like to chew on stuff (broke the cross-ties yesterday, so he's young and mouthy a little I guess). He seems to hate the regular D-ring with a french link and no twist because it's too fat against his the side of his mouth. Yesterday I rode him in the D-ring french link twist and he kept itching his mouth on his leg. Now, is that a bit problem or is he just not used to having a bit in his mouth? My trainer thinks he's just young..but the slow twist concerns me like its too harsh or something. And I didn't see any copper bits at the barn so I don't think they ride in them.(are copper bits legal in hunter shows?) So..I'm at a total loss in what bits to try on him. I like the french link bits, but...which one.....
Sorry for the long note. I've had nightmares about this darn bit! Ugh! I just want him to be happy.