So it might not have been the best idea to get on Lucky after a 6 week vacation with a brand new bit, but lucky for me, it worked out. When I first started with her I tried a normal loosing ring snaffle with a key. She hated it. So I tried just a loose ring. She hated that to. I tried three more bits before settling on a normal D ring snaffle. Gen was a 5 1/4 size bit, and Phoenix was fine with that to, but I could tell that the bits were not just right for Lucky.
For Christmas I asked for a new bit. I saw this oval mouth loose ring and thought it might do a better job. Lucky is so stiff everywhere normally that it wasn’t until the end of fall that I really noticed that her jaw was locked and tense for about half of all of our rides. Since she had just had her teeth checked I new it was the bit and that it was time for a change. It was a gamble buying this bit because she really hasn’t seemed to like loose rings, but I had hoped that with the bigger size and how fat it was she would take to it.
Since this is such a mild bit I wasn’t thinking when I just went ahead and got on her with it, but right away she loved it. I know that we are only walking, and not much at that, but she is now consistently getting a little slobber with it. How great is that! She is still locking her jaw at the start of the ride, but now she is relaxing it after a little bit! I wonder if she has ever really liked a bit before. Hopefully she will continue to like this one.