What would be a good training bit?
I currently ride a 16 year old Thoroughbred mare that I have been riding for 4 years and showing for my 2nd year. I have done pretty much everything you can imagine with her. She is shown and places high in everything from Halter, Western Pleasure Classes, English Pleasure Classes, Trail, Gaming, Sorting Cows, Goat Tying, even been used for a cavalry demonstration which involved firing 16 cannons off (which she stood for like she was bombproof)
Well each event I have a different bit/spur combination which has worked really well for keeping everything straight. This is what my current combinations are...
Western Pleasure/Horsemanship/Trail: Weaver Curb bit with a very wide low port and copper inlay and dotted spurs
English Pleasure/Equitation: D-ring snaffle with a low port mouthpiece, I would not consider it a Kimberwick because it doesn't have the slots. No spurs
Gaming/Goat Tying: I've been told it is called a Locked Gag that has a double jointed mouthpiece with a dogbone. No spurs
Sortin/Cow work: Gaming bit plus dotted spurs
Trail riding/random days I normally use my Western Pleasure combo.
I am looking for a bit that can work good as a training bit to work on the basics more. I know I will be looking for a snaffle but what works best? One of her biggest things is loosening up for stopping. She knows all her gaits, neck reins, side passes, working on leg yielding, pivots on front and hind end, flexes left and right and vertically. She looking to get her to loosen up more.
A horse is so docile at nature that he would always rather do right than wrong, if only he could be taught to distinguish one from the other.