Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Don't get me wrong - I use a 3 Ring Elevator Bit when I Fox Hunt, I need a bit that is a "Quick Fix" for that particular situation because of the high static atmosphere - hounds, horns, galloping in large groups, jumps - the 3 Ring gives me that extra "omph" needed to keep Nelson in line and to keep me from spending my ride trying to get him to slow down.
That is the only time a 3 Ring gets put in his mouth - other than that, he goes in French Links.
As an everyday use - no. Like I said, bits like that are a quick fix. If you need it for a particular situation, then yes - but for everyday riding and training, I disagree.
I see many lesson horses at my barn in that blasted bit, and it's there for the rider, not the horse. Which I understand because the BO needs to keep her students safe - but no where is it teaching the horse.
If your horse is rushing or bolting while jumping - that's not a bit issue, that's a whole other story. My question - is why is the OP considering a Kimberwick if their horse goes just find in a Snaffle?