Treatment Type: Tack
Rated for: American Paint Horse
Cashmere, Washington, United States
Posted Jun. 23, 2018
The snaffle bit is my favorite, and the only one I consider when starting young horses under saddle. It's softer on their mouth and excellent for giving clear, direct-rein cues. I still use snaffles on my older horses as the go-to bit for general purpose riding and it allows me to ask for greater lateral bend and flexion - which improves both bends, straight lines, and lift.
I tend to go for a wide-ring cheek piece on young horses to prevent the bit from sliding through the mouth without having to use a noseband.