Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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The Waterford, nor the Elevator Gag Bit are bits that SHOULD NOT be chose for bits to use for training. Both are strong bits, and both are bits with a bite! I would say the Waterford is a strong bit, and does not belong in a horses mouth during training.
Both bits are meant to be used as a quick fix for the moment you need them. When you are done with that, remove it. Just like all gadgets. I use the 2 Ring Elevator Gag Bit when I Fox Hunt because no matter how much seat and leg and my body I use to keep him at bay, it goes out the door because of the high energized situation being surrounded by many horse/rider teams and hounds and horns. So the Elevator Gag works for that particular situation. When the ride is over, we go back to our regular french link snaffle.
As David O'Connor says - train at home in a snaffle, and use what you need to get the job done at a comp.
I think you seriously need to consider finding a Dressage Coach to work with you and your horse to fill the holes that are lacking in your training now. You need to go back to the Training Scale - then, when you are in the Jumping Ring, you'll beable to have a horse that is light on the front, repsonds to your aids quickly, and remains soft, flowing and in your seat.
Bits DO NOT fix training problems. Bits do not train your horse to be light in your hands - only proper riding, training does.
Fill in the holes - find a Dressage Coach. Aferall, jumping is dressage with speed bumps.
Last edited by MIEventer; 06-10-2010 at 10:39 AM.