Originally Posted by With Grace
Well, she did when I had her on trial at my old trainers. Now, with my own bits and bridles, and having had 3 weeks off, she is more often behind the vertical and evading the bit than not. I want her head set higher for hunter pleasure and I swear she is almost touching her nose to her chest. She's got a nice foam going, but chomping on it like crazy, very strong,and not very responsive. This was in the snaffle.
Today I decided just to try the pelham to see if she was as strong in it. She's definitely more responsive in it, but way behind the vertical. I wont use it again until we get all this sorted out, as I do know that a horse can be ruined with a curb bit very quickly.
What type of bit was she in before? Chomping on the bit too much isn't good, is the bit too thin or too thick? Foam however is good lol. If she is behind the vertical and she's avoiding the bit, there's something she doesn't like about it. Make sure that the thickness and length of the bit are correct. Get her old owners to correctly measure her old bit.
When I bought a bit for valentino, I had purchased a 5 1/2 inch french link D-ring snaffle ( I had assumed, incorrectly of course, since he was 17 HH he needed a longer bit lol.), he chomped on it like mad, he was foamy but waaay too much chomping. I changed it to a 5 inch eggbut french link snaffle, he loved it, chomping was minimal, but he was still nice and foamy. Go to your local tack shop, they usually offer bits on consignment, grab 3 different types and see what she likes best. Good luck =)
Here's a great link that I found for anyone interested in dressage or for the dressage diva's out there: http://www.sustainabledressage.net/r...e_vertical.php
I rode a horse in a pelham the other day, he had a mouth like a rock, there was no giving or taking with him, you needed constant pressure to keep him on the vertical. I'm 5'3 he's a Belgian/TB X, MASSIVE animal, I was sore for 3 days lmao.
Chance59: Great to see you back on the forum =)