Originally Posted by farmpony84
part of why you are using a harsher bit western is because you have almost no reign contact, which means you are using the teensiest slightest bit of a comand right? You have to have a harsher bit for them to even FEEL you...
Did you say you've never tried draw reigns or you prefer not to? I can't remember?
yeah I have like no rein contact...the only time he feels the bit in his mouth is when I have to turn his head because he won't listen.
And I figured also that the bit is ONLY as harsh as the hands that use it...so as long as I (or anyone else that rides him) isn't pulling on his mouth or being mean...the bit is fine. Since for neckreining, I have like no contact at all with his mouth I'm not worried.
If I have a friend ride him, then I'll use my eggbutt or use my Parelli hackamore (just the Parelli rope halter with reins hehe)
Mainly I'll be using that bit for shows or neckreining stuff (or bareback because he listened ALOT better with that bit even with no contact)....for trails or anything of the sorts I'll be using my eggbutt.
You have to have a harsher bit for them to even FEEL you
I'm confused on what you mean by that
Meaning are you asking that if I am using that bit so he will listen? Then no he responds perfectly to a snaffle, but I can't use my snaffle for shows....I hate the western bit I have...and he responded GREAT to it even though I had no contact at all with his mouth.
He takes the bit eagerly...I have no problems getting it in his mouth quickly...where as the eggbutt he doesn't take it too well