I bought Catchie over a year ago and he came in a rubber snaffle bit
and the lady i purchased him off was adament that he didnt need anything stronger so i just accepted it. On numerous occasions, such as at shows however, when people have asked about the bit he's in or seen the bit he's in, i recieved very surprised/confused reactions... And its not until now that it has actually occurred to me that maybe this is "not the done thing" .... Reading up on the bit i keep noticing that it is suggested used on youngsters for mouthing or on sore mouths. Another interesting thing i noticed is that it says some horses can lack confidence in this bit, and Catchie is a very nervous pony in new "scary" situations...
I was lucky to get in touch with his old old owners (not the people i purchased him from) and they sent me some photos and i noticed he is in what looks like a standard eggbutt snaffle and i am seriously contemplating trying him in one again..
He's very contollable and has impeccable brakes... Unless he isnt at the front when cantering/galloping and when xc he can be strong and is more than capable of just running through the rubber snaffle.. Ocasionally when showjumping a bit more control would be desirable too... Lol!
So basically my question is, is there a reason i got the said reactions from the rubber snaffle and also would you recomend changing to an eggbutt snaffle/similar style bit or stick with the rubber snaffle?
Sorry for the essay... I am so useless on bits! There are so many it just totally baffles me!
Thanks in advance