What are some very light English bits? My horse is super sensitive and likes a very light bit. I have him in a normal D-Ring bit, broken in the middle, but I find it very heavy, and don't love it. Any suggestions? Posted via Mobile Device
By light, do mean weight or harshness? If you are talking about harshness, I'd say try a french link as they are generally milder than a single linked bit. However, if your horse is doing fine, then you shouldn't need to change bits.
Your horse may be objecting to the thickness of the bit. A small diameter mouthpiece could create more pressure on his gums on a smaller area. Try a thicker eggbutt and see how that works, if you can borrow one. If not, then try a loose ring with an iron mouth. They like the taste apparently.
I've tried 3 types of the 3-piece snaffles with my mare. She is OK the first ride, not so OK the second ride, and doesn't want the bit to go in by the third ride - all three types. Offer a 2-link snaffle, and she doesn't care if it is copper, stainless steel, sweet iron, full-cheek, D-ring - it doesn't matter to her. She is content.
My two geldings show no preference at all.
The mildest bit is one that the horse feels comfortable with and responds well to. I think a 'harsher bit' is better than developing harsher hands because the horse ignores the 'milder' ones. But if it does require a 'harsher' bit, then there is a training issue to be work on, since any horse CAN respond to a mild bit.
The best advice I know is to borrow a bunch of bits until you find one that works well with your horse. Most of us quickly collect a bunch of bits, so it isn't hard to find one to borrow. I think I've got 6-7 bits for 3 horses, two of whom don't care what bit is used, and one of whom only wants it to be a two-piece bit.
Definitely depends on the horse's shape and preference. While I find the French link a very mild bit, many horses don't like that "full mouth" feel. If you feel like he would work better in something else, I would try both a French link and a mullen mouth. Also try a few different diameters. Larger diameters are less severe than thin ones. Posted via Mobile Device