Most riders at some point in their career will have experienced problems with horses that are problematic when it comes to steering. This is especially the case in young, green horses that are just starting to be ridden or equally unruly older horses that may have got into bad habits.
Here is what bitting expert Abbey England has to say…
Whilst bits should never mask schooling problems, a suitable bit can help horse and rider to work in harmony by making the line of communication clear and ensuring the horse is comfortable in his mouth. If you are having problems with steering and have ruled out physical problems (i.e. you have had your horse’s teeth and back checked) and training issues (ask your instructor for advice as it may not be a bitting issue) then it could be time to invest in a new bit.
A popular choice to assist with steering problems is the Nelson Gag. As this bit has full cheeks it provides leverage and poll pressure which encourages the horse in to a correct outline, making turning easier. All bits with cheeks will help with direction and stability. A complete range of mouthpieces is available on a range of full cheek bits from Abbey to ensure the desired action inside the mouth can be combined with the steering effect.
For more information visit www.abbeyengland.com