I’ve recently signed my pony up for our first mini trial and I’m having issues figuring out what kind of bit to put him in.
We’re coming from doing the jumpers so this is definitely going to be new to both of us. Currently, he is ridden in a hackamore and shown in a rubber mullen mouth pelham, which we will be using for stadium and cross country. I have a single jointed rubber D that we’ve been using for the past couple days, but he mostly just ignores it and just runs through my hands.
Does anyone have an suggestions bit-wise that may work for us? He is about 12.2h and a Hafflinger/Hackney/Welsh/TB/Icelandic/etc mutt of some sort, so he is built super uphill and is incredibly strong. He naturally carries his head higher than most and does sometimes root on bits, so he goes in a figure 8. He wears a 4 1/2" bit so I will not be able to try any that tend to be a little bit more strange, and I am a really not wanting to spend a fortune if there’s a chance it won’t work. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Please don’t tell me I need lessons or an instructor- I have a good dressage instructor who is different from the instructor I had while focusing on the jumepers. Just looking for suggestions if anyone has or knows of someone who has a similar pony! It’s just very hard to try out bits because few people keep a lot of 4 1/2" bits lying around. I’m currently contemplating a sweet iron loose ring or a segunada so if anyone has any experience with those (if they’re even legal, I know nothing and my trainer is not currently answering me), I would love to hear it!