I am currently in a bit of a dilemma with my bit situation.
As of right now, I am riding in a tom thumb bit (no criticism please. I am fully aware of how it works) While it allows me the stopping ability that others bits in the past have not (D-snaffles, O-rings) I am lacking in the ability to turn effectively. Opening and direct reining needed to ask more difficult monuvors (such as turning on the hind or forehand) does not seem to be communicated well.
I am new to western and typically used to an english snaffle. So I would assume my problem is resulting from the shank in my bit. I would love a little more insight and suggestions in picking the right bit for him.
I know the "ideal" western bit is a curb shank. However, when would that be appropriate to introduce?
Thanks for any advice!