I wanted to amend my desire to find a Dee ring sweet iron french link bit and say that a drop-cheek or baucher/fillis bit french link might work well for my trail bridle too. Or maybe I should think about getting a new leather or synthetic leather bridle for use all the time, since my focus with Deli is definitely going to shift to more trail riding with a dressage base. Someone said this bit + a drop nose band would be ideal for Deli and her face shape, and it will still have some of the qualities I like from the dee ring -- as in putting pressure on the cheeks and not sliding through the mouth.
When Deli was first being ridden she would gape her mouth a LOT, but I've been loosening her noseband lately and have not noticed her gaping at all, so I think it was just her early bit-avoidance. For trails I have been leaving it on it's loosest setting (fitting 3 fingers under it) so she can eat more easily.
Reading Sustainable Dressage
makes me think this might be true. BUT the bridle I'm getting for the trails does not have a nose band per say, just the underlying halter whose cheek pieces are not adjustable.Here is the trail bridle I want
, by the way. I need to figure out the color combination I'm going to do. Her color is royal blue so either the halter or headstall needs to be that color. I'm just debating whether the other part should be navy or electric blue.
Either way I'm not going to buy this until I 1. have a summer job and 2. know I'll be able to ride Deli regularly over the summer.
Has anyone used a baucher bit before? Thoughts?
I was also thinking I could just get THIS french-link
and slap those hideous ribber bit guards on it. I imagine they will give some rubbery cheek pressure and then Deli's lips will be protected. Plus, it's a cheap bit!
I've only ridden one horse with the rubber guards. No idea if that will work the way I want.
EDIT: OMG! You can gt those bit guards in royal blue! EVERYTHING WOULD MATCH. Here is the a link for future reference
. Horse tack-searching is so much more interesting than everything else in my life. Even when I haven't been able to ride her much at all because of the weather!