1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like) JP Oval Mouth loose ring by KORSTEEL
2. Why do you think this?
I have used this bit on every horse I have ridden in the last 7 years and with only one exception (a very hard mouthed horse), it has made it easier to get them to relax, accept the bit and take the contact quietly because it is comfortable in their mouth
3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?
I do find that, since many horses that are spirited are also rather touchy. Being a softer bit, this gives me a softer, more supportive contact and more direct control.
4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?
I find that most horses relax very well in this bit, it has smooth, flat bars for the contact and the shape of the bit when allowed to hang naturally follow the shape of a horses mouth.
5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?
I only use stainless steel. I used to have sweet iron and copper bits to encourage salivation until I learned that a comfortable bit and a relaxed horse is all that is needed to have a happy, soft, wet mouth.
6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?
I think that it is going to depend on what discipline or job your horse is going to be doing. I start all of my horses in the bit listed above, but if their training progresses as a western horse, they will eventually be taught to work one handed off a shanked bit.
7. Do you find this bit easy to use?
I find this bit very easy to use. It is a soft, full contact bit that is used with direct rein. It requires that the rider be mindful of how much pressure they use, but so does every other bit that is used.
8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?
My favorite aspect of this bit is that it follows the shape of a horses mouth when hanging naturally. This makes it ideal for use with young horses since it sit in their mouth less awkwardly.