I'm narrowing down and really considering trying one out, but I'm not exactly sure which one is [best]..Please tell me which one in your opinion is the harshest, most gentle, easiest to work with, which one is most ideal, etc..To me, the Rubber-Mouthed one looked most promising. Heather Moffet seemed to like the Mullen-Style ones, but I wasn't sure if that was the rubber one, ported one, or straight bar, because some of the captions called them all "Mullens" so please help! I've been reading this book called "Enlightened Equitation" and it has helped encourage me to want to try the whole "softening the mouth" thing. I'm a little tentative of trying this because I do not want to cause anymore problems. I had ruled Pelhams out a little while ago, but have been hearing more and more about them so I figured there was no problem with just trying it out. If it dosen't work I can always sell it I suppose, or try it on a different horse. I've been reading a lot on HOW to use them, but I need to get the real thing if I want to try working with it..
Here's the list:
**When I first saw this I thought it looked relatively mild, but heard that it can be hard to fit to the horse.
**Some of the captions called this a "Tom Thumb" Pelham..Why? Is it anything like it?
Slow Twist Snaffle Style:
Http://www.amazon.com/Slow-Twist-Pelham-Bit/dp/B0011UHU8I/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1246381862&sr=1-4**The bit we've been using lately is a Slow-Twist D Ring..He has been shaking his head a little lately with it..Not side-to-side, just lazily shoveling like he's trying to get a fly off his nose..I'm not sure if it's hurting him, pinching, etc..This might not be the best choice..
Mullen Mouth (Straight Bar):
Http://www.amazon.com/Mullen-Mouth-Pelham-Bit-Cheeks/dp/B0011UBZEI/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1246381862&sr=1-8**I don't know anything about this one..My first thoughts would be it was mild, but at the same time has no tongue relief..?
Jointed Broken Rubber Snaffle-Style:
Http://www.amazon.com/Jointed-Tom-Thumb-Pelham-Bit/dp/B0011UFSLE/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1246381862&sr=1-7**Somewhat mild? They call it a "Tom Thumb" which makes me think maybe it isn't so mild..
Http://www.amazon.com/Coronet-Hollow-Mouth-Pelham-Cheeks/dp/B000ETLC90/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1246381862&sr=1-1**Would it pinch? What is the purpose of that middle part even being there?
Pelham bit mullen mouth medium port with chain & hooks - eBay (item 290327000058 end time Jul-02-09 15:41:19 PDT)
**I've used ported bits on most horses I've ridden (and am now working on our other horses to use a snaffle) and the ported bits seem to give (depending on the heighth of the port) a goodly amount of tongue relief. They can be severe and they can be soft depending on what the rider allows. Personally, I would LOVE to somehow give Sunny's mouth a good break.
And even if I don't use one, I sure would love to get an education on them--I see SOOO many people use them, most being in their horse's mouths. Is that a coincidence? Thanks in advance. Sorry for all the bit questions..