I have a coming 10 y/o Dutch WB gelding who I’ve had for a year but has had some unfortunate injuries. He is starting to trot in a few days after a partial lateral patellar ligament tear and rehabilitation. He is big and long but pretty light in the bridle. Before I got him I was told he had a hard mouth but I’ve found he goes quite well in a lozenge snaffle – nice and soft.
He sets his jaw in a regular single jointed snaffle, gets heavy and feels like a totally different horse. He didn’t love a French link but seems to appreciate a bit with more motion. I will hopefully in the near future do much more with him (maybe low hunters or something low key) and want something with a little more oomph than a big old 3 piece loose ring.
Is a Waterford soft or not? He was gelded late and is mouthy - loves to chew on chains and plays with the bit a little, so I wonder if he may like the Waterford. Or should I avoid something he could play with a little?
His flatwork improved so much over the past year, and I don’t want to toughen up that nice soft mouth I get with the lozenge snaffle. What are your experiences with Waterfords and horses like this?