First, just some background info. When I first brought Shea home I was working with him in a loose-ring sweet iron snaffle, which he seemed to like fine, but my (well, Shea's) masseure (sp?), whose husband is a dentist, pointed out that the rings were pulling into his mouth when I turned him because he can be a bit resistant when asking for lateral flexion. And I don't like the nutcracker action or the fact that it can pinch their tongue.
So I have since borrowed this bit from some friends:
New Horse Bits - The Ultimate Bit for Controlling Horses
Which I like b/c of the mullen mouth = no nutcracker action, its a sweet iron, and it has the bars alongside the lower jaw which gives direct pressure and stops the bit from sliding through his mouth.
However, even though he works well in it, I think he would do better in another bit, plus its not mine and I have to give it back, lol!
So... what bit should I get?
So far the bit I like the best is a Full cheek french link snaffle:
Korsteel French Link Full Cheek Snaffle - 5 - eBay Tack-English, Equestrian, Outdoor Sports, Sporting Goods. (end time 07-Nov-08 14:59:25 AEDST)
Also looked at this:
Korsteel Flexi Mullen Mouth Full Cheek Snaffle -5-Purp - eBay Tack-English, Equestrian, Outdoor Sports, Sporting Goods. (end time 13-Nov-08 11:21:44 AEDST)
STRAIGHT BAR EGG BUTT SNAFFLE - eBay Bridles, Equipment, Horse Riding, Sport. (end time 09-Nov-08 20:00:00 AEDST)
But i'm open to suggestions. I like french-links or mullens b/c they don't have the nutcracker action, and I want something that's not going to slide through his mouth.
So any ideas?