Originally Posted by Cobalt
BarrelRacer, you seem to know something about this bit in particular. If I understand you, this bit is mostly acting as a hackamore, so I can expect the horse to react to a big increase in mouth pressure from a snaffle or other bit. He probably won't care much for a snaffle bit or a shank bit at first. Do you have any advice as to how to proceed to transition him? Or what you'd use? I'm in no hurry, and I'm not opposed to using this bit for trail riding if this is what he prefers. But for ring stuff, going to have to use something different.
As far as the horse goes, very responsive and sensitive to aids. I barely had to use any pressure to stop. But I wasn't sure if that was because this is a harsh bit or if he's just got a good "whoa." From what you're telling me this isn't all that harsh.
I own that bit. What do you plan on doing with him to where he needs a different bit? It's similar to a hackamore but it doesn't have shanks. It's just a snaffle with a noseband and a curb chain. Mainly I'd stick with any type of gag bit, just because gags have that little extra time for the horse to react before becoming engaged. Like a Jr. Cow Horse Bit, or if you need a curb bit for showing make sure it's reining bit, they have seperate sides and arn't acting as one. Just don't get a tom thumb. As for going to a snaffle, if he's that well with aids in this bit i'm sure he'll be fine with a plain snaffle. This bit is a bit most horses outgrown and can easily run through, it's not the strongest bit in the world. I showed an old gelding of mine in a snaffle in western plessure an did jumping with him, his regular bit was this, I had control of him just fine. Also you can get this bit with any mouth piece including smooth, and any gag bit like this needs bit gaurds as to not pinch the horses mouth. Ring Combination Rope Nose Hackamore - The Tack Stop