My problems are in the bit that I am using. I am using the Short Shank Tomb Tumb Bit and have seen good results but not exactly what I am looking for. I am getting the desired bending at the poll when I ask for the horse to back up or stop. However, I seem to loose that leverage when I ask for the horse to turn. Sometimes when the horse gets excited she seems to not want to listen and respond to the bit, which at this point I am using both hand to cue for a turn (signaling for a turn trying to keep the neck reining cue and pullin the other rein the way I want to go). Sometimes at a point it looks like that the shanks of the bit are ending up in the mouth of the horse and not on the cheek where they are supposed to be.
**Teeth have been check and a curb strab is being used.
Here are some of the bits that I am looking at. The first one should be the picture of the tom thumb bit that I have been using.
Some of the bits that I have been looking at are the Mullen Port Bit, Rocking S Snaffle, and the French Link Shanked Snaffle. The last photo would be the rope hackamore that a friend has that I may try. However, I don't want to spend for than $40 for a bit and find out that the horse does not like it. I am not a big fan of the O ring snaffles because everytime I have used one I don't get the leverage at the poll from the horse and feel like the bit is all up in the corners of the mouth.
I need some experience responses on these bits so that I can try to narrow down which one to purchase. Understand I may have to find that used bit due to the cost of the new ones. I also may need a cheaper alternative due to same reason (cost).