Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
I want to get there someday, but I won't give up the bit completely :p I'd still keep training the dressage with a bit.
But I want to be able to ride with a saddle and without a headstall. Maybe with stirrup leather around his neck for safety.
But I guess I first have to learn to ride him with a bit xD And get a fenced are for practicing. I rode Kirran once without anything but a leatherstrap around her neck, it worked fine for abut 3 minutes, then she realized she was free. XD
About the bits, I just have to say that curb bits are a part of the horses education. You should be able to ride all horses with a snaffle without risking your safety or having to use any strength in the reins, but for some things it's better with a curb when you come to higher dressage levels. Because it has a different (not only stronger) effect than a snaffle.
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.