Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I would try a nice big jointed snaffle, maybe even rubber coated. As for him getting his tongue over it, a flash on his noseband might help, but it sounds like you are riding western so maybe not since it's an english contraption. =]
Bitless bridles, bossals, and hackamores can be just as easy as a bridle and bit. If your horse responds well without a bit, I wouldn't necessarily switch him over. If you are really uncomfortable with your ability to control him then by all means, switch, it won't hurt him any. Just get him a very mild bit and introduce it slowly. You can lunge him in a bridle until he is used to it in his mouth, and then be very gentle with your hands while riding him in it. And it is totally okay to ride in a halter and neck rein, assuming he is responsive enough. =]
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