We have an older (19) TB gelding. No clue what he was used for before we got him this last spring. He was sold at a fundraising auction 1 year ago as black 18 yr old stud....that's all anyone knew about him. Buyer found him very ridable, had him gelded and then sold to a young girl who trail rode all summer. Come winter, no money for feed....so in spring gave away a very skinny old boy.
My daughter rides and shows western in 4H shows. In order to show, she HAS to have a shanked bit on him. Cy tosses his head as tho he is trying to get away from the bit. He pulls the side of the bit into his mouth to chew on it. We have had his teeth floated 2x since we got him so truly don't think that is the problem. My daughter does have a problem with not being as light on the reins as she needs to be so there is a problem there with extra pressure (we're working on this)
We've tried a couple different bits....tom thumb, grazing bit and O-ring snaffle. He actually does best in the O-ring, but can't be shown in it. Any suggestions for a bit that has a shank but is very, very close to the O-ring?