Alright, so I've ridden Sammy twice now (whoo!) bareback. He needs work on neck reining and leg cues, other than that, he is very calm and responsive. I've used my simple, ported shank bit, and to be honest, it's just not the right bit for him. It's either to light (pays no attention), or to severe (tries to avoid it). I'm not to fond of the shank bits to begin with and would love to try something that's gentler, without being TO light. I will be trying a hackamore on him as well once I get my cinch and what-not from my old stable so I can ride with a saddle.
I've done some bit research and the Kimberwick's seem promising. Has anyone used these bits at all? If so, what type did you use and what bit did you use previously? Links are much appreciated as well ^^
My nine year old is also going to be re-trained soon. He was ridden in a low-port shank previously, but I feel that it's really to severe for him. I'm really not comfortable when riding with a port-shank either. I can't relax and constantly worry about being to heavy-handed with the reins.
He also needs work on neck reining and leg cues. I would also like him to lower and tuck his head. He carried himself beautifully when ridden in the port-shank, nose gently tucked and head slightly lowered, but the bit just bothers me to no end! Can that natural tuck-n'-lower be achieved with the Kimberwick?
I have tried shank bits with NO port, just a curve in the bit and didn't do well at all. Stopping, turning, and head carriage were all issues.