I've grown up around horses but I've always used just "whatever" happened to be around for tack. Now I've apparently grown a brain and realized there is a world of options out there and I'm kind of swamped with all the choices .That explains why I ask stupid basic questions, lol! I started riding at 7 but have never shopped for tack, lol!
My 10yr old I originally trained in a double jointed tom thumb with a roller then I switched him to a solid low port curb bit and that's what he's used ever since. Now with all the reading I'm doing I've started to wonder if he wouldn't be happier in a different kind of bit but I'm not sure what to try. I don't have anyone to borrow any from to try out so that isn't an option.
I use him for cattle drives, sorting cattle, etc. I'm planning on starting some English with him this summer also.
He has a pretty sensitive mouth because I've always been gentle with him and I'm the only one that has ever ridden him. He gets very agitated when I'm sorting cattle and making him do quick turns etc. He's really good at it but I'm wondering if the bit isn't part of my problem?(He's also 1/4 Arabian so he's a bit HOT when he gets excited)
So what kind of bit would YOU use?? I'm open to all suggestions. I don't want to spend a fortune on a bunch of different bits but I think he might like a switch so I'd like to find something else to use....
Also, I've got a couple youngsters that I'm going to start training, besides a sidepull, what bit do you start with?