Scared of my bit(s)
Ok, here's the run down.....I'm a reining rider, not exactly green, kind of upper level novice.
Ok, just bought my horse of a very very reputable trainer, in fact I worked for this trainer sometime ago so I have an intimate knowledge of the training methods etc. this trainer has happy, healthy, extremely well cared for horses. This trainer is internationally known and has many many credentials.....
I tried this horse three times before deciding t buy him, he was very nice....however he uses a cathedral bit and a medium port correction bit. I like to think that I have soft hands, and I certainly am not a yanker or quick handed rider, kind of more a bumper with my hands. I understand the amount of control these bits have.....however I'm kind of scared of them, I know this horse is well schooled in them....the trainer said I would ride fine in them.....I'm just having doubts as I have read so many comments regarding this bits as severe and nasty......I really don't have to hang on to this horse, I ride like a reiner and always use my leg first and try to maintain a loose rein and only pick him up a bit when I have too......your opinions?