Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
My coming 3yo HATED the single joint loose ring snaffle I had him in at first. He'd play with it, wouldn't respond very well to it and was constantly trying to evade it.
So, I changed to a loose ring french link (three piece) snaffle. The difference was night and day. He stopped playing with the bit, started responding really well and didn't try to evade anymore.
When he outgrew the loose ring french link (as in literally got too big for it lol), I found a nice eggbutt french link in the size he needed to try out. He's even better in the eggbutt french link than he was in the loose ring!
So, I guess what I'm trying to say is maybe it's just the single joint on the snaffle you have that he doesn't like. Honestly, I'd try him in a french link before I put him in a sidepull. Like christopher said, if he's going to be in a bit long-term, every hour spent using a sidepull is an hour he could have been learning to be nice and supple in a bit.
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