First of all, thank you Smrobs for posting this! I found it to me extremely informative because im pretty clueless when it comes to bits!:P So i was wondering if you guys could help me with something. I have an 8 year old OTTB that i have been riding for about 4-5 years now, but just purchased officially last August. He is a wonderful and loving horse. Ive been doing training and working with him and he's like a completely different horse now! He's nice and light most of the time and is also spur trained. I mostly do speed with him, but i also do english pleasure, hunter hack and equitation stuff. its been tricky for me finding an english bit that works really well for him. I used to use a kimberwick, but then i was told that i cant use it for jumping, so i stopped using it. then i purchased a regular dee ring snaffle for him and he seemed really hard in it. it took a lot of pulling and yanking to get him at a headset (which normally doesnt take any effort with his other bit) so i thought he needed a harsher bit. so i then purchased a twisted dee ring with hooks on it (you know, for the reins and stuff) and he seems okay, but i feel like he's still not as light as he could be. So... i guess idk if i should just keep the bit i have on him now, or look for one that he would maybe be better in? and if so, which kind?!? like i said before, im knda clueless about bits, and could really use the help. Thanks! Here is a picture of the twisted bit im using on him now.
[/SIGPIC]May your belly never grumble... May your heart never ache... May your horse never stumble... May your cinch never break..