Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
It is very unusual to hear about an english horse ridden in a western bit. I agree with you, though, about it being an awful bit for a horse.
The first thing I would check would be his teeth. Head throwing is a sign of discomfort and it could be the way the bit is hitting his teeth. However, with a Tom Thumb I'm not surprised with his behavior.
After you've checked his mouth, I like the idea of the eggbutt snaffle. I'm a firm believer that if a horse is properly trained, a simple snaffle is all they need until you go on to advanced training.
Personally I like a snaffle with a Billy Allen mouth piece.
When you go to stop him, try using your seat and legs more. I would not move him to a running martingale for now especially if you need that for control. It is much better to back up in his training and work him at a walk and trot only until he is ready to move up.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.