When I first bought Gracie, she was three years old. She was started in a Snaffle bit, and seemed to progress nicely. As the time went on, that bit seemed to become a problem for her, she would shake her head, run through it, and dip her head past the vertical. I`m telling you all this, as a sort of confession. So stay with me on this!!
I tried all sorts of bits, from Mullen to Happy mouth bits!! It was crazy. Eventually, I got the message, and we went Bitless. It has worked like a dream. So much so, that I have started Sunny straight away in the Bosal, and I know it should be the snaffle first. However if it ain`t broke? All this because Gracie has a low palate, and a thick tongue. Sunny has a similar set up in her mouth, she has a wide and fleshy tongue which seems to really fill her mouth.
So here we are today. Every thing going according to plan. As some of you may know or not as the case maybe, I like a bit of Trec, and did well several years ago, in the Scottish National Champs. But lo and behold, they`ve changed the bloody rules. No Bosal!!!
Anyway as luck would have it, I have a friend who has ranted on about this chap Mark Rashid. On and on she went, so with my ears bleeding, I finally relented and read his blog. After I got through it, and to say the least, it is interesting. I saw the Rockin S Snaffle. Well, I did some research, and there are three, a simple snaffle, one with a Dog Bone, and the third, a raised Dog bone snaffle. The third looked really promising, claiming to give good tongue relief, and working only on the bars of the mouth, without the nut cracker action of the usual snaffles.
Generally the feedback from other Forums indicated a good result. So bought one the other week. (I know, perhaps I should desist from comps, but sometimes I do like to compete.) Anyway, the item arrived. I have been playing with the horses this last few days with it. Today, was the first big trial. Gracie and me in the forest. I fitted the Rockin S, first off, there was no resistance, no indication of any of the old issues. Three hours later, much stopping and starting, lots of “give”, lots of “on the vertical”, plenty of lateral flexing, and a happy horse! Its still early days, and I miss the Bosal, but perhaps Gracie needs a rest from that, anyway, thats where we are now. Tonight, Sunny did well in this Rockin S, it seems to be acceptable to the horses. But we`ll see!