I was going to enter some shows next summer, and was trying to figure out which types of bits to ride my horse in the shows, and at home.
Right now, when I ride english, I am using a regular loose ring snaffle, with those rubber circles that go on to protect corners of mouth from getting pinched. She is pretty good with the plain snaffle, but I was interested in buying a dee ring snaffle, or full cheek snaffle, because it would look nicer for shows and the snaffle I have, I've had for along time. Since Im buying a new one, I was wondering what is the difference between full cheek and dee ring? Also, what does a french link snaffle do, and would it be better?
For western, I have been using a low-medium port curb bit, with pretty short shanks. She didn't enjoy it much, and was really heavy and wouldn't give to the bit very well. I was constantly having to have contact with the bit, and giving tons of half halts. Her old owner used a high port with longer shanks, she was reining and western pleasure horse. That is the bit I used when test riding her a year ago, and she responded amazingly to that bit. The second I put a little pressure, she gave to it.
So, I was thinking of getting a higher port curb, with longer shanks?
This is like the bit I have now: (mine might be a little lower of port)
The thing is though... is that she can be ridden with a halter and lead, even with no halter! She will spin immediately to the side by just a placing on my hand on the opposite side of her neck.
I prefer to ride her without any bits, and she enjoys it more.. but for shows, you have to use a bit. In english, a snaffle and western, if the horse is over 5, I have to use a curb bit.
So, there is no escaping :(
Would a correction bit be good for her?
I would prefer a bit that she responds to right away, that she can have a loose rein with, because in the end.. if I am using a less harsh of bit and constantly pulling on her.. is it really any better than riding on a loose rein with a harsher bit?
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! :)