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I'm sure this has probably been posted and discussed a hundred times on here...

I have a 4-year-old off the track Thoroughbred gelding, I got him around June of last year. I have mostly been riding him with a run of the mill D-Ring Snaffle, but he acts like he can't even feel the bit in his mouth, actually I think I have better luck riding him in a halter and lead rope lol! Anyway, I was wondering what legal, lower level Dressage bit I could use to get a little more control over him. I was also wondering if anyone had ever used the training snaffles with the keys in the center, and if they were legal in lower level tests? Or maybe the happy mouth bits?

I've rode him in a Kimberwick a couple of time, but I feel like that bit is just way too much bit for him, he's not a wild horse, he's really lazy, and there really isn't a reason to use it except it's the only strong bit I have and if he decided to run away with me, I'm not sure I could stop him in the D-ring. I don't make a habit out of riding him with the Kimberwick. He definitely responds well too it and really gets "round" when I ride him with it, but it just seems too harsh, especially since he's still, technically, a baby.

Thanks for your help :D
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Sounds like he is just backing off the pressure in the kimberwick. making him seem 'round' and 'light'.

He needs to learn to react to a snaffle. Being ott they do not understand about how to respond and soften to a bit as they are taught to lean on the bit to balance when racing.

There is an excellent post in the training section about an ottb's head set. dantex (sorry I can't remember the last bit of their username!) wrote out a superb description of re-training a tb and getting them accustomed to the life of an english horse rather than a race horse.
Go and have a read of that then if you have any more questions come back and ask ;)

But please don't just try and keep changing the bits and going to harsher bits than a snaffle. One of my pet hates is seeing ottb's in harsh bits and gadgets up to their eyeballs to get them 'round'.
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