Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
It seems to me like switching to a gag from a snaffle is a rather harsh and desperate measure. I know you say that you are going to work on his stopping before you switch, which arises the question with me, If you are going to fix the problem with his normal bit, why switch to a drastically harsher bit afterwards? Just seems inconsistent. I personally think if you go back to the basics and retrain and reinforce your whoa or stopping commands you have no need to put unnecessary metal in your pals mouth. If you think you have a problem now, just imagine when he pushes through a bit as severe as a gag? What are you going to do then? No, I think you just need to take a step back.
As for the original post, I hate the wonder bit! People say that it is only harsh if used in the wrong hands. Well imho anyone who still needs a trainer has the wrong hands for a bit like that, so unless your trainer is the only one touching those reins while that is in his mouth, id say don't do it.
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