Okay, so I am sort of clueless about bits. This is what I WANT to end up with: A mild bit that can generally be used for trail riding and lower level cow work/play days.
What I have now are a few different bits and I have a few problems with each.
On my bay horse, I use a Tom Thumb. She was trained in it, responds to it and I never really even have to touch it because she kneck reins so well. I know it's a harsh bit, but I'm not really looking to change it because it works for her and like I said, I never really put pressure on it. For long trail rides, I can easily ride this horse in a halter.
My grey horse has been ridden in a plethora of bits before I got her, and I realized she responds best to a hackamore. But, I would like some more control in her mouth. Right now I use an egg butt snaffle. I am in the process of teaching her to neck rein and right now she will about 80% of the time, so a direct rein bit isn't a necessity... but I want something I can neck rein with. The egg butt slides through her mouth if I ever direct rein
Which leads me to a question: Can I put a chain or leather strap under her chin on a snaffle to keep it centered?? I feel like that would work so much better.
My third horse is my new horse that rides in a snaffle as well, but she only direct reins and I want to teach her to kneck rein.
I teach them with spurs and it works well. I put the rein on their neck, then give leg pressure, then spur. After a few weeks, they will turn on the neck rein and leg pressure alone.
I have never used a bit to train for neck reining because I'm not sure which would work best.
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