I made a post not long ago about a transition bit from snaffle to curb.. I found this one which I thought may be a good choice BIT -TRAINING PORTED MOUTH But I'm mostly concerned on if my horse is ready for the transition or not. I get super conscientious over EVERYTHING, and I don't want the transition to negatively effect him.
So my horse just turned five, he's worked with since he was a foal, and ridden with a light weight rider since the age of three. In the past year, he's been showed once, and done several trail rides. I've been working on neck reining and responding off my leg for a year+ now, and he's been super. He's good with backing, stopping, etc. However, he can be somewhat impatient when standing still for long periods, he spooks easily, and SOMETIMES can be a little headstrong (If it's windy and he's away from the herd, for example). He does well in his snaffle, which is why I question the change of his bit, but I'd like to be able to ride him with one hand on longer rides (which I have a tendency to do because I ride other finished horses in curbs) and I'm considering showing him this next year where he will now require a curb. Please tell me your thoughts.. Do you think my horse is ready or not?
Also, is it okay to ride my horse on a relaxed rein with one hand, getting him to respond through my leg cues? I feel stupid asking, but..