Jack's been through quite a few bits on his time
We began with a cheltenham gag, because that's what he had before us. This was just what he was used to, but we were only bringing him back in to work so..
We tried a fulmer because steering was also an issue. I can't remember what mouthpiece it was, but it was thin and metal and for that reason, I think he disliked it. Also, we had no breaks! Even when I had very little rein contact, he was gobby and sensitive despite teeth not being an issue, and after probably having loose reins with the cheltenham gag he wasn't good with having a contact... He would prefer to curl up without taking any pressure on his mouth and not stop!
Next up was a happy mouth single jointed dutch gag which is a favourite of his... Used for hacking and schooling depending on his mood!! It was used with two reins because I wanted to try and wean him off it, it works to an extent but he can tell the difference between bits so he knows what he can and can't get away with and when to try it on.. I'm getting a bit lax and riding with one rein at the moment though.
We have a single jointed eggbutt, purely because it was the simplest one we could find and I needed it in a hurry for a dressage test. It had a chunkier mouthpiece so he was a bit happier, plus we had worked out what stop meant so he was a bit better. It was meh, he was still being funny with his mouth. Oh, and the judge said the test was rushed and we need to work on downwards transitions
Finally? a hanging cheek french link, because the cheekpieces hold it steady to stop him from fussing and the french link because some soul told me that unlike the jointed mouthpieces it wouldn't fold and jab him in the mouth (possibly what he was objecting to?) Haven't had much of a go with it because of horsey dear's injury but he leant on it more probably due to not getting jabbed in the mouth when he tried, and had trouble stopping.... We now alternate between lots of different bits!