Sorry for the long post!!
I have an 18 year old off track Standardbred gelding.
My aunt had adopted him when he came off the track at 5 years old, and we used to ride him in a simple snaffle.
Fast forward a couple years, and my OTHER aunt & uncle had him… They leased him to a girl who was showing him at the time, meanwhile, they moved to out of state, leaving him in care with this girl. They got a phone call from a rescue one day, so they went to visit and found him completely neglected. Barely skin & bones. They took him back with them, and rehabbed him.
Now I have taken him in, after have been given the warning that he was become quite a handful… And that he chews the bit so much that he will end up “biting himself, to the point of bleeding”. They said they found the only bit he will not do this with is a Broken Segunda Hunter Dee. I did some research on this bit, and found it can be a very harsh bit in the wrong hands.
We’ve been working on going on short, easy trail rides to try and get him to relax, however, as soon as your butt hits the saddle, he’s starting pulling, and chewing, trying to run everywhere. We’ve been really working on relaxing, and he is doing well, and I would like to get him out of this bit… I have not seen his mouth bleed as of yet.
Does anyone have a suggestion on this??