I have recently been looking at bits for my young Arabian filly, Pepper. I've also been looking for something to restart my TWH gelding, Magic.
I've looked at a number of bits, a french link is what I was told at the tack shop:French Link Full Cheek Snaffle Bit | Dover Saddlery (it's a french link full cheek snaffle)
But recently I've come upon leather bits
Leather Snaffle Bits for Sale (leather loose ring snaffle)
What I've been using on Magic is a Tom Thumb, atleast that's what I've heard it called Tom Thumb Snaffle Bit with 5 Mouth(Plated) [25-3120] : Farm City, Equestrian, Livestock & Pet Supplies
My father suggests that I use the same thing on her. He also suggested that I start to use a Dutch gag bit (believe this is what it is) Dutch Gag Four Ring Bit (heard a pelhm is the same as well) because there is two sets of reins. --From what I have read one is attached to a chin strap through the bit and the other set of reins directly do the bit. I'm just unsure how to use it and I would HATE to hurt Magic in anyway.
But what I have noticed is that Magic isn't responsive, he pulls on the bit and he opens his mouth gaping wide when I attempt to pull him down. He has also started to rear up, which he rears up like a prissy girl so I'm not worried; it's just a really annoying habit.
My dad is of the opinion that you need a chin strap to stop, I've ridden in a plain snaffle bit but I've never trained a horse to use one. How does that work?
I'm not sure if this is enough to go by... I hope you guys can help me out!
Thanks for your help! And sorry for the tons of questions!