Originally Posted by tim
Well... it works. :roll:
I was very suprised when I read this.. My horse did exactly what your horse is doing, and he was in a regular snaffle. My old trainer then put him in a non-jointed tom thumb pelham, and it worked for awhile, but it kinda "stopped" He then started pulling horribly, and by that I mean, gate-sour. He would do anything to run to the gate, and you could get after him with spurs & crops & just regular aids, but nothing worked.
We then put him in that almost-exact bit that 'tim' mentioned, and it worked wonders. It is a VERY harsh bit, don't get me wrong here. After getting after him a few times with it, he stopped the pulling. The main reason he went in it was to get him to stop pulling & such.
After I stopped working with my old trainer, I went back to a french-link eggbutt && IT WORKS AMAZINGLY WELL. He does ok in a regular snaffle, but I have found the french-link's work very well. However, your horse needs to respect you, and you also need to respect your horse is a harsh bit is used.
Like I said, I was really suprised when I read this, because this is exactly how my horse was, and that was the exact bit I used, and now I use a french link. But I personally would recomend using that bit above, with possibly a running-martingale, but use your hands VERY lightly, its a very harsh bit in the wrong hands. After your horse respects you & vice-versa, move to a french-link snaffle, the horse will bend more, respect you, and become more supple & use himself more...
But its a different case with every horse... haha, wow, that was pretty long =]