Well, recently I bought Thumper a new bridle. So I was planning on buying him a new bit anyway. If any of you have ever tried it, you will know that switching a bit from one (stiff stiff leather) bridle to another is more trouble than it's worth. BUT instead of just buying Thumper an single-jointed eggbutt snaffle, I bought him a JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Eggbutt Snaffle. I got a gift card from my uncle for Christmas, so I thought, why not splurge and try this one? My instructor said that if I had the money, and if I wanted to, to go ahead and try it out with him. If it doesn't work out, I'll get a single-jointed bit for him. But it's worth a try, right? I ordered it online, so I won't get it for a while, but here's a picture of it:
So... that's all! Hopefully it'll work out for him! If not, I'll have it for future use if needed :).
Last year I switched my horse from a single jointed bit to a double jointed D-ring bit. My horse loved the switch, and he immediately came to accept the bit much better than his old one. I hope your horse likes the change too!
Thanks everyone! Fingers crossed that it'll work out for him! My theory is that since he's generally a very very very sensitive horse (he will not hesitate to tell you that something doesn't feel good, and everything definitely has to fit and feel perfect or he WILL complain) part of his tense-ness could be that he doesn't like the 'nutcracker' effect of the single-jointed eggbutt. I'm sure that he has a sensitive mouth, just like the rest of him :). So we'll see how it goes! It's supposed to come around January 6th.
Great choice! I love the double jointed snaffles. I ride my horses in French links and love the difference. My friend rides hers in the oval joints and she just loves them. Definitely worth at least trying.
]My theory is that since he's generally a very very very sensitive horse (he will not hesitate to tell you that something doesn't feel good, and everything definitely has to fit and feel perfect or he WILL complain) part of his tense-ness could be that he doesn't like the 'nutcracker' effect of the single-jointed eggbutt.
Well let's hope he is a normal sensitive horse and improves in a french link, unlike my sensitive mare who hates a french link. Although she is like the only horse I know that doesn't like one so it should work out for you
I recently tried a new bit with my guy (came with a bridle I got on christmas)
It was a regular old snaffle, while my horse uses a hanging snaffle.
And I found on my horse the regular snaffle is so much more forgiving than the more severe, hanging snaffle. He doesn't get so irritated when I ask him to go on the bit and do turns and such, and he hasn't bucked once since the switch!
So sometimes I bit switch can be a great thing, good luck with your new bit!