Hi, I have a 16.2hh TB Gelding aged 8 that I have owned for 2 years. We enjoy a range of activities, including show jumping and this is what I need some help with. He is particularly long so he takes a lot of keeping together. I have a 3 ring Dutch Gag which I use on the second ring which gave us the control but he became reluctant to jump into doubles/combinations. The best one so far has been your Tranz Angled Lozenge Baucher but this is not quite sufficient as he takes hold into jumps, raises his head when I take a check and sometimes this causes us to knock poles. I am a experienced rider and a BHS AI, I do know this horse fairly well now so I know myself that being severe is not going to work.
We would agree with you entirely that punishing an over keen sensitive horse is never the answer. We would suggest before we change bits that you employ the curb strap on the back of your Tranz Angled Lozenge Baucher. This should keep him more together and under control on the approach to the fence. This is a trick which usually achieves extremely good results. If this is not sufficient then you could upgrade, bearing in mind what has been successful, to the NS Tranz Angled Lozenge Elevator. This means we are staying with the same mouthpiece and fixed cheek, however we do have more help when needed. You will see the Elevator has many rein options offering increased control, with a curb with all options if appropriate.
The Recommendation Given Is As A Result Of Information Gained From The Completed Bitting Questionnaire And In Some Instances An In-Depth Telephone Conversation.