Fritz is just a lesson horse, and I wouldn’t dream of doing anything without the consent of the owner/my instructor. I am mostly just curious about how one would introduce a new bit to a horse. If I were to buy Fritz (yes, he’s still up for sale) I’d first put 30 days on him, and then possibly use a different bit, if need be after the 30 days.
Fritz is a draft/paint cross who is a lesson horse that I ride at the barn I’m at. He’s got a lot of power and I’ve seen how much speed that boy has. He generally has a lot of attitude; I’ve seen him with other riders and have seen the same behaviors that he has given me. I really do love the horse, but the more and more I ride him and the more and more he acts up, I think he’s just not the right horse for me. And he wasn’t always like this, when we first started riding, he was/is a great horse, from the moment I saw him, I fell in love, and wanted to buy him. Now that I am getting closer to buying (within a year); I am keeping my eyes open and of course Fritz is on the list of prospects.
I know that Fritz isn’t all to blame, I have let him get away with a lot since I fell off of him months ago, and I am now getting back to being the boss. On the trail, he was tossing his head, refusing my instructions to stand still (to fix my stirrups), he was skipping (like he’d throw up one of his front legs), and he even threw a little buck. Those were the big issues, aside from that, he HAD to be at the front of the line, when he heard the other horses coming up behind him, he would speed up. Even at a walk, my butt was slapping the saddle, and he started out into a trot without being asked. I just chalk those up to wanting to go, and maybe my not being firm enough?
Right now I *THINK* he’s in a curb bit. It’s a one piece twisted draft bit. From what I can make out from the pictures, I assume it’s a curb, but I could be wrong. I really don’t know much about bits at all to be honest.
Sorry that this was so long. Lol