It depends on what you need to work on. BUT to retrain/work on cueing you should use a snaffle bit. D ring is fine.. Medium size mouthpiece is good as a rule. Some people/horses like the frenchlink mouthpiece.
IF this horse needs to be taught to neckrein then you do it in a snaffle.. IF he already knows how to neckrein then any curb bit should be fine. Personally, I prefer a medium ported bit for a well trained western horse. And remember well trained usually means they know leg cues.. If you don't then you need to take lessons, trust me. ;) Still if cues need to be relearned then a simple snaffle is best to use. :) Buying bits will become something you do.. Get a basic snaffle, loose rein or D ring is good.. and then get a basic ported curb and maybe a nice jointed mouth curb as well, but not a tt.. Tho I had a well trained horse who went fine in one.
Originally Posted by Abby
I was thinking I'd go with a Tom Thumb but I was reading a review and they said that's a poor choice for retraining a horse.
I also want a bit with control and leverage, like a basic curb.
I'm doing a bit of retraining on my horse, and I'm not sure which bit to choose. I don't own any bits now, so I kind of need to buy one before I can do any training beyond lunging and working him with just the saddle on. He takes any bit just fine just he needs a bit of work on turning, and stopping and with his ques. He gets them mixed up sometimes. I saw the past owner put D-ring Snaffle in when she had him in his English tack and I also saw her use a basic curb for his western.
I personally prefer to ride western. Any opinions/views on the kind of bit I should use for retraining/general purpose? Personal opinions and reasons are loved.