My horse, being the awkward creature that she is, does not find run of the mill bits very comfortable to wear & I find them even less suitable for steering & brakes!
I've had her since she was coming up 3 & when she arrived with me she was being ridden in an Eggbutt snaffle & going ok but as she got older we began to have problems, she'd unfortunately learnt to evade the bit (God knows how because I'm really light with my hands & I taught my sisters to ride in the same way so she's never been hauled around by the mouth or jabbed with it & has actually got such a soft mouth that she literally needs the lightest of touches)
She got so bad that she ended up with sores/ulcers under her tongue :o(
I ride her in a martingale anyway because she will raise her head up & snatch the reins from you/give you a nosebleed, this all stems from the bit evasion.
Thankfully today I got the bit I've been looking for. It has two discs in the mouthpiece which keep her tongue flat & under the bit where it should be & means the contact on her mouth is now 100% better.
I called in at the yard on the way back & got the stable owners daughter to try her out in it & she went so well!
Not snatching, not resisting & went straight into a nice outline immediately. She was going really well, granted A was riding her well but she was nice & collected too. Had her hocks well under her & her neck nice & rounded, could really see the propulsion from her hindquarters :o) Went into trot & you could see she had that nice 'springy' feel. Lovely.
So I am very pleased & can't wait to get back on her, it's driving me mad. Was so hard to resist just a quick ride, especially as she was so good :o(
But the bit has done it's job, she is no longer fighting & no longer will I have to pray for brakes/steering again!
I really need to sort my links out too. Got loads of horsey websites but also got a few others I use, something to do when I am next bored so keep an eye out!