My gelding Cherokee is 13 yrs old and is an ex-barrel racer. When I bought him, they sent a couple different bits. I read a post by smrobs, and it got me thinking. The bit that Cherokee is using is a harsh bit...no wonder she told me he was a hard mouth horse. I don't believe he needs to continue that way. Most of the time when I ride, I normally just use his halter and he responds fine...when I put the bit they sent with in his mouth he COMPLETELY ignores me. Almost instantly! He is a different horse and not in a good way.
Any suggestions on what type of bit I should try him in? I want him to not want to resent the bit in his mouth. I never ever pull on his mouth when I ride with the bit they sent with. I also did end up just selling that other bit they sent (the lower picture) Any advice would be great.
I did start to use a simple loose ring snaffle on him and he seems to like it but he still disobeys me.
Now I don't want him to not want to go riding because I know he enjoys it with just a halter. He opens his mouth fine when I go to bridle him and I never hit his teeth...I really think this is his previous owners fault. There is never a hard mouth horse...just a rough person.
This is the type of bit they sent with him:
And this is like the other thing they sent: