Originally Posted by COWCHICK77
You seem to do a lot with your horse, that's great, I think that keeps their minds fresh.
In how many of these events are you neck reining or using a direct/open rein like if using a snaffle? That should be a consideration when choosing a bit along with some of the other suggestions made, mouth conformation, horse's preference, event and capability of your horse and you. You may need a couple different bits to accommodate each style of riding your doing.
Most of the events I neck rein. ( other then English ) I am teaching her to neck rein though. She is doing very good, but there is that odd moment were she says " ya right mommy
" and she starts to walk in a completely different direction, were I can't get her back without using two hands. I would like to switch bits for gymkhanas because I often have to pull her the way I want but I don't want to hurt her ( b/c of the TTB ) I try not to go two handed because a TT is a shank ( I believe
) and the whole leverage thing gets all wonky. And I can make a habit out of that and I don't want to. Thanks for all your help everyone! You are all so nice