Yup…another bit thread! LOL
4yo mare…I really have to say she is one the best youngsters I’ve ridden. Very smart, a really good girl…definite mare opinion, but if you have things where she is happy, then she is a work horse and focused. So this is definitely a bit/mouth comfort thing…and not other issues manifesting.
Was started in an loose ring single joint…had some fussing with the trainer, so switched to eggbutt single joint. Definitely better, but still head tossing at times.
Came home. Teeth floated and checked recently, so okay there. Started with the single joint eggbutt…overall good, but head tossing that seemed to be related to pressure in certain ways on the bit. So I started to experiment with bits…did the consult with Neule Schule and they suggested the tranz. Tried that and better about the head tossing, but we had head tilting and a bit of fussing. Tried a KK loose ring double joint…some head tossing and fussing. Tried the NS single joint - not happy.
Tried the NS verbindend. She actually seemed good in that for a few weeks…no head tossing and good steering. But…she started sneezing and coughing when you first trot. Then started wanting to rub her nose on her leg…to the point she would trip and nearly go on her knees if you didn’t let her rub. She seemed very irritated and would have occasional angry head tosses. Also started to get very low and heavy in the bit.
So, I swapped back to the single joint. The sneezing/coughing and nose rubbing immediately stopped. No tripping (as she wasn’t fussing in the mouth)…but back to the occasional, non angry head toss.
Today tried her in the NS tranz again…not happy at all. Trying to rub her face and sneezing/coughing until she tripped. But, no head tossing.
So, I have figured out that she likes an eggbutt/D ring over a loose ring. She does not head toss with a normal shaped double joint (verbindend = angry head toss, like she is pinched). I feel like any of the NS bits, she is getting really mad about…and has the sneezing/coughing fit and trying to rub her nose on her leg (she does not do this at all with a plain stainless bit - you can swap bits on the same ride and instant change in how she goes).
My bit box options are a bit more limited with her as she is smaller (4 3/4 or 5) and most of my other horses are in 5 1/2. She also has a small mouth, short lips, looks to be low palate.
Thoughts on what might work given what I’ve narrowed it down to? I might just find a cheap stainless double joint eggbutt. There is definitely something about the NS metal making her really fussy - and the veribindend shape making her really mad.