okay so i had placed a thing in the critique section a few months ago. People talked about how shanks were used for horses that neck reined and my horse doesn't neck rein so i said i would switch bits well it happened..... my horse doesn't neck rein and the shanks kept getting caught in his mouth so we tried him in a D'ring snaffle and he did great but now my friend (where i have him) wants me to try him in a smooth snaffle side pull. Is this a good idea. Can anyone tell me how different it will be??? He was VERY responsive with the D'ring snaffle and took to it like a pro(we think he's used one before). Will he be like this with the snaffle side pull??
You know the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it?" I think this is a time where that could be used...seriously...if he does fine in a snaffle, he doesn't need anything more. The side pull is going to add more pressure to the side of his face, as well as the pressure on the mouth. If you want to experiment, perhaps you could try a bitless bridle, or a plain sidepull (one without a bit). But, if he does fine in the D-Ring Snaffle, stick with it, there is no reason to switch.
I agree, why change? If he's going good in the D-ring, then I wouldn't change. A combo side-pull bit is going to act like the d-ring, but also add nose and chin pressure.
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