Feeling kinda stumped as to how I want to proceed with changing my new boy's bit. Not necessarily looking to bit up (hence the bitting up w/o bitting up), but what he currently has going isn't working out. He also tends to be a bit on the nervous side so I want to feel... more confident I guess when picking the next bit. Just looking for suggestions, ideas, discussions. Thanks in advance!
Horse in question is an 8YO QH/Morgan. He's fairly green still, but knows his voice/leg/seat signals. When I asked his previous owner what she rode him in I was simply told a snaffle, but that she had rode him the last few times in a slow twist. I'm currently riding him in this (for both western & english):
He doesn't play with it, doesn't chomp, generally seems fine with the bit. He doesn't lean either or feel fairly heavy in my hands. Maybe I'm just having one of those moments of 'changing because I don't like it, but he's fine' however, it just doesn't feel like the right fit. His half-halts, whoa, & just general softness to the bit isn't super great. Like I said I'm not necessarily looking to bit up, but I think maybe right now he just needs something a bit different. (or maybe I'm just spoiled with my super soft mouth sensitive mare lol)
I've got numerous different bits to try & don't mind trying anything new. Bitless is not something I'm currently leaning towards as we do have plans of showing. He's also naturally high necked/high headed so I'm thinking elevators/gags might not be a good choice either. I will primarily be riding him english H/J, Eventing. However he does get rode western as well.
Right now I've got these on the way for western:
Hope this all made sense, feeling a bit all over the place today. Thanks!