Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
I've used all three on my gelding, who is green.
We started out in a copper mouth loose ring snaffle and he was good in it. When he outgrew that, all I could find was an eggbutt French link, so we tried it. He was okay, but not nearly as responsive as in the loose ring. If anything, the signals felt...mushy, for lack of a better word. He started gaping his mouth and letting the bit slide through (never mind that we were using a curb strap), and he had outgrown the eggbutt in size, so I got a D-ring lozenge snaffle (three-piece, still, but with a fat lozenge instead of a flat link) to try. He was better and the bit couldn't slid through his mouth. The cue seemed crisper, as well.
Now, I have a loose ring sweet iron three-piece snaffle with a copper lozenge that I'm going to try. Found out he loves the sweet iron/copper combo (from trying another bit), so I decided to try it in a loose ring because many people on the forum stated that they have more "feel" to them than the other cheeks.
ETA-As for the metal feeling cold, warm it up in your hands before putting it in the horse's mouth.
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