Which Bit do you like for Western Pleasure?
Im trying to find a good bit to show my WP Trained QH in. I bought him from a dealer who was going to send him to another auction and then who knows where he would have gone. He truly was a diamond in the rough and is an amazingly trained horse. Im still learning his buttons though. Right now Im riding him in a hinged snaffle with 7in shanks. He does really well in it. It has independant motion so I can ask for shoulder movement but usually Im riding him in this two handed.
When I switch to riding one handed as this will be how Im going to show him he doenst respond as well when I "check" him or "bump" him for a correct head set. I dont know if that is the right termology but I hope you get what Im saying. I will get the correct head set with this bit but I end using a bigger movement with my hands that I know will be noticable in the show ring. He goes on a really loose rein and I dont want to take in more rein just to occasionally remind him to collect when he gets a little looky. He is a finished horse so I think he will be able to handle a straight bit but I do not know what to use or what will be legal. This will be my first year showing WP. I used to be a gamer and working cow horse so its completely different for me.
Should I move him into a snaffle to keep his mouth soft, keep him in the hinged and show in something a little more direct and if so what? Your opinions are greatly appreciated.
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