Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Bought this one at the local tack store yesterday...paid $5 extra, but keeping local tack stores in business is a good thing. Rode Mia with it yesterday. It was her first time in a leveraged bit, and my first time using one. We kept things low-key - just walking and trotting in an area she knows well. Oh, and we did about 15 minutes of ground work flexing on both sides and vertically first.
Based on 1 ride, things are looking good. It is very similar to some of the bits above.
For the record, I adjusted the bit & bridle after the second picture. And Mia does have an eye on that side of her face....
I think having independent action by both shanks helped her figure it out quickly after a year in snaffles. I saw no signs of worry or resentment from her. Being my first time using a leveraged bit, I was amazed at how the slightest touch would send a signal. I'm looking forward to riding with it & her more today. She stayed calm & relaxed the whole time...but each day is a new day with Mia.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)