Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
I would reccomend a simple egbutt french link snaffle as being one of the mildest bits, but it does all depend on the conformation of your horses mouth.
Some horses very much like a single jointed snaffle, some find it torture perticularly those with low palettes where the single joint can stab the roof of the mouth, or those with perticularly fleshy toungues where single joints can trap and pinch the tongue.
Whilst it is true that it is the hands that cause severity in the horses mouth some bits generaly are designed to be gentler, have less of a pinching effect, to spread the pressure over a greater area, to prevent a nutcracker action and to have a less sharp action.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT