My horse has a very soft mouth but I don't think he's ready for a bitless bridle and I definitely want to avoid hackamores as they're way too harsh. I have him in a low ported pelham for schooling so that I can pick up the curb rein when I need to (which is rare but it happens). Otherwise he goes very well with just the snaffle rein.
I'd like to find a mullen or low ported snaffle (preferably d-ring or eggbutt) for trail riding but they're so hard to find! There are those Mylar bits but they're WAY out of my price range. I'm looking for a cheap or even used bit in the $20 area.
Would a french link or similar multi-jointed mouthpiece be a good alternative? I've never used one before.
I bought a cheap low ported full cheek snaffle on ebay and I'm going to try it but he really doesn't need all that lateral enhancement at all.