WOAH boy! (bitting question!)
Hello all you horsie people!
I am new here, and thought I'd ask a question. I have a 4 year old quarter paint gelding I've had from a yearling, been working with him for just over 2 years now in the saddle. I have him in a sweet copper split ring snaffle and he is doing really well in lessons (learning transitions, we were going to barrel race this year but I am pregnant so that's scratched.)
The issue I am having now is he is starting to rush and hang on the bit. He anticipates the trot and canter, even though I keep everything rally varied so he doesn't "get used" to a particular routine. We (my trainer and I) have been working on his stops and backups, which are great, it's just his rushing is getting really annoying. SO long story short, my trainer wants him in a stronger bit.....what would your suggestion be? She said something about shanks but I didn't catch it and forgot to ask afterwards. He is a sensitive horse with a white face, so I don't want to kill his mouth. He had a vet check recently and had his teeth done, so I think it's just youthful sillies, but still, being pregnant, a little more control would be nice. What do you guys use? Thanks!!