Alright, so I'm starting to firmly plan out my three-year's training. I would like to start him under saddle around August-September, but don't really expect to until next Spring or even Fall. It really depends on how he continues to improve.
He's rather like a young mustang that takes time to build trust and confidence in people
I want him absolutely 100% on the ground before any saddle work. Including lunging, leading, bathing, standing tied, desensitized to things like cars and mailboxes. I already have that stuff planned out, now I need to move on to my saddle work!
Now! For the question.
I want to train him to both a bit and a hackamore.
What kind of snaffle would you guys recommend? What is the lightest hackamore possible, without being a halter? I'm not fond of the rawhide and rope noseband ones, I really prefer the wider, fleece padded ones myself.
Foxtrotters seem to be traditionally ridden in a port-shank, but I prefer a soft, responsive mouth in a gentle bit than a forced softness in a harsh one.