I’ve had my 9 year old OTTB gelding for almost two years and we have gone through lots of retraining, schooling basics, focus on the foundation, etc. He’s just a big, strong, powerful guy and when it comes to jumping we need some more power steering. Jumpers, not hunters.
He’s now in the Mikmar snaffle (double-jointed) and actually seems to like it more than any bit he’s ever had. He reaches for contact, works through his back, steps under himself, etc. Just seems like with jumping we need a little more, but we aren’t sure the best direction to go from here. I personally have never had a curb or shank bit on him. He’s very sensitive and I want to be cautious not to overdo it. We have thought about elevator bits but again try to focus on the basics and not just automatically go to more bit.
Think we’re ready to try another step to use at shows for jumping and are curious what has worked for others. Thanks!