I have a new Paint. He's 10 but I have no idea of his previous training. Here's what I'm trying to accomplish - get him to not fight for the lead while trail riding - he wants to be first! -get him to relax and accept the bit in the ring when we're "working." He tries lots of bit evasion moves from flinging his head up to going forward into the trot from the walk when I don't ask him, to putting his head down to low. (we had his teeth check and floated so they are O.K.).
I've read about the Sprenger bits and how they are the top of the line. Should I invest in one of them. Rode him today in a Myler low port and he's still playing games. Perhaps it's not even the bit, just me not being firm enough. I HATE pulling on his face but he was such a pain-in-the**** on the last trailride, fighting with a lead mare over first place that I ended up totally frustrated. My last horse loved to be last horse on a trail ride so this is real different for me. I want him to be happy so I'm looking for the least amount of bit that will do the job. Thanks!