02-23-2009, 11:52 AM
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Overall, the bit is not a problem solver, it's just a matter of finding what works for your horse and what they like. If there's an issue with "go" then the bit is most often not the culprit unless you have an unusually tight grip on the reins and/or the bit you are presently using is SO harsh that the horse balks as the idea of any motion or contact (which doesn't sound like the case here). From the sounds of it there is a training issue - does he refuse to move forward when you ride bareback? What about on the longe? Issues could include saddle fit and/or back pain, as well as potential leg soreness or lameness issues where the horse has made an association that "go" = "pain" or discomfort.
I'd start from the ground up - literally - with trying to determine the reason he doesn't want to go. The bit probably isn't the reason, but something to be considered when working towards the solution.