I’m thinking I need a new bit for my 17h jumper/eq gelding. He is a forward ride to the jump but easy to control. He isn’t the most balanced and leans on the bit when I ride him in his French link snaffle (schooling only) and when I put him in his eggbutt snaffle gag he is lighter and more balanced but becomes behind the vertical avoiding contact (I use double reins with this bit). I’ve also used a jointed Pelham with double reins but he still gets a bit heavy and low with that. What bits do you use or have used that you would recommend?
edit: I feel I need to clear some things up and better explain, I would not say he necessarily “lacks balance” in the snaffle but I would still say he leans into it. The snaffle is a D - ring French link.
Regarding him avoiding hand contact with the gag this is something he does even if I loop my reins at him to encourage him poking his nose out. He has a longer neck and he bends it towards the top and tucks his nose in because I believe he does not like the gag. I think the gag is becoming too harsh a bit for him and I want to try something less harsh for him that still gives me the control I need. I wouldn’t describe him to be a hot horse, just very powerful.
Thanks for all the schooling comments, I am working on it but right now I am really just looking for bit suggestions to make him more comfortable. If anything is unclear don’t hesitate to ask. TIA
ALSO he has been checked by a vet and dentist and been adjusted by a chiro recently.