I have a wonderful Thoroughbred who I've been riding Western for a year and a half and I'm thinking I'd like to try out English. I know my horse has done it before - he's off the racetrack - but I'll be starting a new learning curve.
Now currently I find he rides best in a leverage bit, as he can get a little strong in the mouth when he gets excited and it's nice to have some additional brakes when he really gets going as he thinks the cue for stopping means he's to stop WAAAAAYYYY over yander. (We're working on this! On good days he can stop in a matter of about four strides vs. the twenty I used to get.)
This is the bit I currently use:
Now I admit I'm a sucker for black-steel bits - and in no way, shape, or form will I ever use an loose ring snaffle again on anything that isn't dead-broke-quiet. Nothing against people who do have success with them, but I find that they just don't give the rider ANY say in what's going to happen next if the horse gets any funny ideas in his head.
I've been mulling over this catealog for a while(English Bits) and so far I'm liking both the Black Steel Copper Mouthpiece (#2902) and the Slotted Kimberwick with copper rollers (#255610) but I'm wondering if anyone had any ideas as to which one would be better suited to a horse coming from the above bit, or if someone has a suggestion of a bit that would be completely different from what I was looking at?