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Question.I have an Appaloosa gelding who is very sensitive – he panics quite easily and is quick to tense up and shorten his neck.  I have had him just over a year, his back was quite weak when we bought him, but he has regular physio which has improved his back greatly and I am trying to get him working correctly.The bits I am currently using are a French Link snaffle bit for flat work and a French Link bubble bit, on the second ring down for jumping.  He is very light in the hand and works in a fairly consistent outline, especially in walk and trot, but can come above the bit in canter.  He always gets very good comments in dressage tests, working at Novice level, for upward transitions, but can be slow and hollow in downward transitions.  He doesn’t evade with his tongue but still chews quite a lot, which we would like to stop him doing if possible.

We want him to work longer and lower, using his back and hind quarters more.  I would also love a bit that would give me more control in jumping.  He can be very fast and strong show jumping so we don’t really jump too big at the moment.

I’m just a bit stuck as to what bit to try with him.





SuggestionAfter reviewing your question and from the detailed bitting questionnaire you have completed we would suggest the Tranz Angled Lozenge Loose Ring would be the most logical option for you as your dressage legal snaffle.  This bit, as with all the NS Dressage legal snaffles, is designed for comfort and communication and to encourage a consistent and sustainable contact.  It should be especially useful as it should help you to maintain your outline and therefore balance during your downward transitions.  Many horses get into a mindset where they feel they have to come above the bit in order to maintain their balance during transitions.  The Verbindend Universal should help with your jumping as it offers varying degrees of control.  With 4 rein options for increasing levels of control as well as the option of adding a curb strap which will reinforce the outline and turning.

Head tossing in downward transitions with a French Link is a common evasion, as the French Link Bit utilises small pressure points as opposed to the NS Tranz Angled Lozenge and the Team Up which are both smoothly contoured over the tongue and offer a more even weight bearing surface.





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The Recommendation Given Is As A Result Of Information Gained From The Completed Bitting Questionnaire And In Some Instances An In-Depth Telephone Conversation.




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