3 weeks ago I took on a 16.2 thoroughbred gelding hoping I could use him as a jumper. He’s a great horse and a very fast learner, but Im having some problems that I need some help with. the lady I got him from told me to keep him in a twisted snaffle and a standing martingale, well the first time I rode him in that he looked like a giraffe, his head was straight in the air and he was very unbalanced. So after that I switched him to a German Martingale and he’s doing better but I’m still having some issues…
for one I dont like the twisted snaffle on him he really fights it and wont stop chewing on it, some people have suggested putting him in a full cheek but are there other bits that would also work? I dont really think he needs anything more harsh in his mouth but I would like everyones opinion.
and second he likes to open his mouth a lot and i want to get a new bridle to help him to keep it closed I’ve had people suggest both a figure 8 bridle, and just a flash band but I would like some opinions on what would be better!
everyones comment are welcome! please if you had a horse that was similar tell me what worked for you! thanks!