Hi, ya'll. Love this forum.
Would some of the folks knowledgable about bits please take a look at this picture of the bit I have for my horse and tell me what it's called? Finally found a picture of it online, but not much description. My trainer found it for my horse when I first got her and I have kept her in it.
Journey seems to like it/tolerate it well/respond well to it. She's a 17 year old qh/appy who is a companion horse, occasional lessons, occasional trail ride or putter around the ranch. I'm told I'm doing well with her staying out of her mouth. She neck reins beautifully. I am learning cues with my legs, seat, hands....lighter and more subtle as I progress. She was well trained before she came to me and has tolerated my bumbling very well.
I'm just wondering if it's the best bit. My trainer has had me practicing direct reining/suppling kind of stuff with it lately. Journey tends to be stiffer to the left. She seems be doing better. Her mouth shows no signs of distress when I untack her and she is easy to bridle.
I guess I want to know if there is a better bit or if this one is ok to keep her in. Someone said there should be a bit more curve at the end of the shanks. The shanks are 7 1/2". I do have a curb chain on it...at the direction of my trainer.
Thanks in advance for any info and help or even if you just say, relax and roll with it, newbie, and smell the roses.