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! :)