My little sister recently got her first horse. A TB X race horse. They have been trying to figure out what bit to use on him. They say he tosses his head a lot and this is why they are/where experimenting. I told them to try my curb, a snaffle, and a hackamore before anything else.
This morning I found out that they have him in a chain bit and they say he has stopped throwing his head and chews a little.
My understanding is that chewing is a good thing, it means the horse is comfortable with the bit. This is really blowing my mind, I can't decide if he stopped throwing his head becouse he is afraid of hurting himself on the new bit or if he acctually likes it. As far as I can tell they may have tried the snaffle or curb but not the hackamore. Chains can pinch and granted my parents and sis are still learning about horses but I am just trying to wrap my mind around this chain bit... what is it used for and WHY!? My dad said the tag said it's a roping bit...... please help me understand WHY you would use a bit like this?