the bit sure looks high in his mouth. could you drop it a hole?
Trial and error on that one (though I do think the bit might be skewed/exaggerating the wrinkles in the pic I provided, will attach another below—also, I love to show off his cute face, lol). We started with it low in his mouth when I originally got him and it's been adjusted gradually by my trainer (who had him in part time training for a month and does the occasional tune up ride on him). I could probably drop it a hole or two and he'd be fine, that's a good idea! Might try that today. :)
I know you did not ask but if you are "schooling" with a aim of the hunter show ring then you might want to school in a caveson, a plain caveson. What you have on his head is illegal to use in the hunter ring.
I've got a plain caveson in my tack locker that I break out for showing. The figure 8 is a temporary thing (well, hopefully temporary) that we're testing out. He's got a habit of sticking his tongue out while we're working—not in a huge "avoiding the bit" sort of way (we've had a couple of days where it was the "avoiding the bit" sort of way and it felt completely different than his normal silliness), he's just a really tonguey horse. He sticks his tongue out all the time, even when he's standing in the cross ties (no bridle) or after he's had a good drink (water EVERYWHERE). We're hoping the figure 8 will discourage the habit (it's not set super tight, just tight enough to make it inconvenient for him to waggle his cute tongue about).
Opinions on this gladly accepted, the figure 8 has only reduced his tongueness, not completely gotten rid of it. (and if I'm being honest, I think his tongue is sort of cute, if not desirable in the show ring)
Is it pinching, or is he reacting to the metal? ... Bit guards are a no.
Pretty sure pinching. Not a huge amount (he looks fine after a short ride), but after an hour or so (like on lesson days) there's a slight pinkness. And no matter what it's always itchy, he likes it when I rub his face after every ride. Thanks for the definitive answer on bit guards!
If you are doing hunters(true hunter under saddle), I recommend you go to a D-ring and regular caveson.
Kind of, I'm doing hunters but only at local schooling shows (not enough money or skill for the real stuff, lol), so it's not a huge
deal. See, I've been going back and forth between trying an eggbutt or a D-ring because I like that the eggbutt is closest to the loose ring, but the D-ring is more "in style"... I'm trying to figure what "features" the D-ring will take away—like what if he doesn't like the structure it provides? GAH. The only way to know is to test it out, but I'm trying to avoid owning 8,000 bits.
Loose rings can often pinch. ... They often need to be sized up a 1/4-1/2" depending on how thick the horses lips are.
So I have a 5.5" loose ring (which I think
is sized correctly for him, for a loose ring). If I buy an eggbutt or a D-ring, what size should I buy? 5"?
More pics featuring the notorious 5.5" loose ring and his doof tongue (plus wonky post schooling show winter sun lighting):