If the grackle doesn’t work out the best way to figure it out is to try different bits (Pelham, Dutch gag, dr Bristol, Boucher Snaffle) and figure out what type of pressure suits your horse. Many horses who get a little strong jumping don’t like pressure on the bars of the mouth and may prefer nose pressure or poll pressure. When you discover the pressure that your horse responds to you can then adjust the degree of pressure. Length of shank, nose band you use or play with the type of bit.
Hope this helps!
I suggest snaffles. While they’re considered mild, all bits can apply more or less pressure according to the hand behind the bit. Another thing to keep in mind: the thinner the mouthpiece, the stronger the pressure will be. I hope this helps.
Yeah try the grackle with a normal snaffle first and then see I would then ask your trainer what they think about a Dutch gag or kimblewick that has been the golden combo for my ponies jumping at home
I currently have a grackle bridle on the way that I have just bought :)
In that case I would recommend a Dutch gag or kimblewick but one last question have you got a cavason nose band or something else if so you could use a snaffle and say a grackle
Hi Lian, with me saying pressure it was better said as control, he doesn’t put his head down but can get rushy and a bit too strong with the biggers jumps
I would not straight away go for a hackamore as your horse might not be the best, does he list his head and consistently pull does he put his head down and rush after? What I’m trying to get at is what is he like when riding as someone could recommend a Tom Thumb when you might need a hanging cheek bit.
Because you don’t what him to pull if you need more pressure
I would say ride in a hackamore