Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ontario, California USA
My draft mix took off on me in a snaffle on trail. Since then, I had a Tom Thumb in his mouth for my security. I don't use it, obviously, but when needed. I recently switched to a Pelham with a french link. I LOVE IT and so does he. It has the two rings (one for just using the snaffle and the other for the shank/leverage) and normally uses two reins = dressage. This helped my horse collect in the arena (BIG progress!!) and since I'm not so great with two reins, I use one rein and use a pelham rounder. I've been using this on the trail and really like it. For me though, it's a bit harder to find bits because I have to find 6" =( so I'm a bit limited.
Another one to try is the Kimberwicks. Those have two rings on them with a snaffle center and give it a LITTLE more leverage on it than just a regular snaffle.