I’m not actually an eventer but I felt this might be the most useful forum to post this in! To make a long story short; can I use a loose ring on the flat and something like a full cheek/eggbutt when jumping? Trying to make the horse and trainers happy.
I am mostly a Dressage rider but plan on dabbling in some light (small) jumping. I have a young horse and I have two trainers. One is a silver medalist dressage trainer. The other is an experienced Eventer for the pole work/jumping stuff(I think up to the one * level but that isn’t my discipline. Lol)
Lately I’ve been wondering about experimenting with different bits as I’m just not sure if my horse is thrilled with what he’s in. He is in a Happy Mouth double jointed full cheek. This was at the Eventers recommendation, as he previously was in a D ring single jointed snaffle but was starting to go BTV with that. He has been in the happy mouth full cheek for a few months. He went decently enough but now there is occasionally some head tossing. And he just acts pretty upset during bridling, which he only started with the happy mouth.
Now the Dressage trainer agrees that she’s not sure if he’s thrilled with that bit. She wants me to try a loose ring double herm sprenger, which I own already. But I know the Eventer really likes full cheeks (and happy mouths) because it helps guide the young horses for steering.
Would it be crazy to ride in two different bits? Herm sprenger for my flat work and a full cheek for the jump days? I still want to experiment with a different type of full cheek though. Maybe just a steel one.
I will add that he had his teeth done in April and did have some sharp points. I also tried a different Happy Mouth, a D ring single jointed snaffle. He was very heavy in that again. I think he does prefer a double jointed bit. Not sure what cheek piece is best!