Up to this point, I had no control over what bit I used with the horse I ride. But now I do. So lets not dwell. I am also always confused on bits, theres just so many that my brain explodes, so I kept her in what she had always been in. She has been rode for the last 5+ years in a tom thumb, with no complaints, but since I recently being enlighten by how severe nutcracker effect is in tom thumbs. I moved her to another bit, don't ask me the name, I don't know, just one I found in my friends tack bucket. Still a curb, has slightly shorter shanks, sweet iron with a little copper do dad in the middle, 2 joints. I feel like I've lost a little control in terms of holding her back. Nothing near death experience, but usually sitting deep in the saddle and giving a little pull on the reins would slow her down, and now we have discussions vs her listening to me.
Blarg, I need help. Can someone hold my hand and help me figure out what bit to use? I have light hands, should I just go back to the tom thumb?
I was always taught that you should never take a horse out on trail with anything less than a curb, but then again, that you should never direct rein with a curb either.
So now I am confused.
I ride trail.
I ride trail in an english saddle.
And we direct rein, though mostly rely on leg cues.
We don't show.
I have no trainer, just the internets to learn, and my brain recently exploded from all the intake of information.
I'm getting a bunch of greif from my comp. English friends who shame the fact that I ride in a curb.