I have a young WB gelding that I am trying to train for the Hunter ring. He has a HUGE canter stride. I have been working to teach him to collect and slow down, but my trainer decided that the French link snaffle I had him in wasn’t enough bit for me (he is 17+ hands, I am 5’2" [I bred him myself and he was supposed to stop at 16.2hh, but I guess no one told him]).
I have been riding him in a Mullen mouth Pelham with long shanks, at my trainers advice, and it has done wonders…he has learned to flex and has figured out how to shorten and slow his canter (mostly…still a work in progress).
Last week, I switched him back to his French link snaffle, and all he did was constantly chew it really hard and throw his head up. My trainer suggested that I try a single jointed Pelham with short shanks…he loved it.
I know I can’t use a Pelham in the Hunter ring. He now seems unhappy with his French link (maybe too much tongue pressure?). I have to buy him a new bit and don’t want to spend a fortune trying bits. Any suggestions to narrow it down? Do I just try a plain snaffle? Straight or curved (like the JP Korsteels)? Or maybe a Myler?
Any ideas or suggestions from anyone who has experienced a similar situation would be appreciated!! Thanks!