Last week, I listened in on a bit lecture given by my boss. While there weren’t any major revelations, there were a couple of things that made me give some additional thought to the bit I have in Gina’s mouth.
Gina goes in a loose ring three-piece snaffle. It isn’t a true French link; the link is a fat little oval, not the flat peanut shape of a real French link. It’s made of stainless steel and is just a hair too big for Gina’s mouth. She likes the bit just fine and doesn’t fuss or resist the contact. She also tends to salivate well with this bit.
So why change? Well, with a loose ring, I’m communicating a lot of things to Gina through my hands. I don’t think I have bad hands, necessarily. But would I communicate to her more effectively with a fixed cheek bit like an eggbutt or full cheek snaffle?
I’m also curious about if a different metal would make a difference. Stainless steel stays pretty cool in a horse’s mouth; would Gina be more comfortable in Neue Schule’s Salox or Herm Sprenger’s Aurigan?
I’m curious to know what your horses prefer, if anything, and if you’ve noticed a difference in how your horse goes in a plain old stainless steel bit versus a fancy copper blend thing. I’m also totally open to suggestions on bit acquisition! While the tack store where I work has lots of bits, my discount isn’t that good. Help me, tack hos!