I am struggling to get my horse to steer. She's been unridden for 4 years I believe. What is the kindest bit she could have? And rubber or metal?
I eventually want to go onto bitless riding which I have been trying but she isn't listening to me and have been advised to bit her for a year or so to get her back into riding.
I was using a single jointed eggbutt, and my mare really did not like it. She works wonderfully in a halter so I wanted something that was more mild in the mouth and had a full cheek. I went to the store with the intention of getting a french link full check, but came out with this:
It's nice and smooth where her lips and gums would be but there are three Jointed copper rollers over her tongue. She is very mouthy normally so the rollers are great because they keep her salivating and happy cause she can play with them :) To me this is a very mild bit, it's a Metalab Pessoa full cheek bit with copper rollers.
But another sensitive mare I ride does not like the happy mouth material, her favorite bit is this: French Link Boucher Snaffle Bit (15mm) (funniest thing about my boucher, is I sold it to a friend a few years ago, found an identical one at a local tack swap last fall and bought it with this mare in mind, ran into that friend at check out and she had sold it there, haha so I have my original bit back!)
Hey, thanks for all your replys!! Have looked into them all and read up. Going to long line my horse bitless again and if nt might look into getting the Metalab Pessoa full cheek bit with copper rollers although can't find it in england but will have a better look. Will let you know what happens!!
Effective riders with educated hands can ride most horses in about any bit that is comfortable in that horses mouth.
I would hook up with a trainer for a few lessons on your horse and plan ahead for the trainer to help you with trying out different bits. [Every trainer has a wall in their tack room that looks like a store.] Let an educated effective rider help you determine if the problem is the bit (doubtful) or the technique of the rider. Chances are very good that it is rider error with poor hands (not quiet enough), poor balance (hands assist in balance) or poor timing (wrong time for contact and improper release for the right thing). What a horse does is usually a direct result (or a reflection - if you will) of the rider.