My horse does very well in a regular D-ring eggbutt sweet iron snaffle. However, I've heard talk that snaffles can be harsh on the horse and an ineffective means of communication, less so than, say, a curb bit. Does anyone have any recommendations for what curb/gag/elevator bits I should try out first? Also, if what the purpose of a curb strap/chain is and if you believe we'll require one?
If it matters, a few more details:
We ride western style.
He's been trained and ridden in both snaffle and curb, not elevator or gags, but not ridden in curb for the past year or so.
We haven't had any problems from this particular snaffle bit, no pinchings or cheek-catching.
Or should we even switch at all?
Thanks for the advice! And sorry if my english is a bit off, I'm not a native speaker!