Bit for an eventer with a slight parrot mouth?
I have a thoroughbred who is currently eventing at beg novice. He has a parrot mouth which is not that bad, prob only about 2cm off from where it should be. But his tongue sticks out without a flash, and I'm having a very hard time getting him to soften. I'm currently just riding him in a plain d ring snaffle. It does the trick in cross country, but it dressage and stadium hes just really stiff to my hands. He gets adjusted all the time, and his neck and back are very well stretched out, he just doesn't want to do it.
I need some suggestions on a bit to help soften his mouth. He's not speedy in the least bit though.
JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Eggbutt - Loose Ring Snaffles from SmartPak Equine
This one! I have a parrot mouthed TB. I played around with bits for 4 years. I recently switched him to this one and he LOVES it! I'm very surprised because it has such a fat middle piece, but I'm not going to argue with the boy. The one in the pic is an eggbutt, but it comes in loose ring too.
Oh by the way, D-ring bits actually encourage jaw locking. Not good when you're trying to get the horse to soften.
You can't go wrong with an O-ring snaffle, IMO.
I like the mild types of hackamores too, as a last resort kinda thing if you can't find any other real bit to work well. I'm no eventer so I don't know if those are legal or not - I use one once in a while and it's a good option.
My horse has a slight parrot mouth too and I use an O-ring snaffle the majority of the time.
You actually can go wrong with an O-ring when on XC depending on how ambitious your horse is about jumping solid fences. I got the eggbutt to give myself a little more in the brakes department. The O-ring just slides through the mouth when you try to half halt a galloping maniac!
But maybe not the bit for you - just my personal preference :lol:
Awesome! My local tack shop carries that bit too, so I'll go pick one up tomorrow and see what he thinks about it!
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