Natalie Parsons Jumping | 8 Questions | 63 Answers

My pony is very strong over fences. What bit would give me more control without hurting his mouth?

My pony is very strong over fences. What bit would give me more control without hurting his mouth?
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Ponies + Kimberwick = a tad more control. If the reaction to the bit is a bit more respect it means you don't need more control hence softer hands. This also means that you must learn to feel for that moment the horse yields to you and your instant reaction must be to soften the contact. This is actually the only way to teach a horse to respect contact-if you respect the horses mouth.
pelhams work but like my horse he may take it and pull even more. i would try an elevator bit that way u can adjust the level of leverage you have on his mouth :)
I personally do not think that a new bit because a forward horse will just run through another bit given enough time. I think what might help is to ride more from your core and use different aids to keep control.
I have a universal gag for my pony, which I love.
Same with me, I used a Pelham with double reins. I stoped used it because my hands can get strong so if you don't want it to hurt them just be really soft with your hands
maybe a elevator with a single rain in the middle. but always remember that the bit is only as soft or harsh as the person using it. so if you have nice soft hands than most (not all) should not "hurt" the horses or pony mouth.
Thank you! Double reins or single?
A rubber Pelham would be a good option
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