Bit suggestions for a very strong young horse XC
Well, I have a 5 year old who has been doing xc schoolings and as the jumps have gotten bigger, he has become stronger from the momentum of going over the jumps. He will approach the jump will jump and then when he lands, he charges and bucks over and over. I can't get him to stop unless I circle him. I can't get him to halt when he does these things so I can't make quick corrections. This situation occurs mostly when he is schooling with other horses.I have no idea why. I ride him with others all of the time. Other times he is respectful but I still have to half halt like 20 times to keep him even paced. He basically ignored me unless he feels like listening. I currently have him in a stubben 3 ring elevator bit which is perfectly fine for stadium but he needs something he will respect XC. My H/J trainer suggested using a pelham with a chain under his chin. I hate to use a severe bit on a 5 year old but I also don't want to tug on his mouth 30 times after every jump when he is rude. I just want to correct him and then leave him alone. Would you be concerned with trying a pelham on a 5 year? My trainer even has a hard time getting him to actually react to the bit and thats why she suggested the pelham. He is perfectly fine doing canter halt transitions without jumps and even will do them with most jumps but he gets a fire breathing dragon attitude over other jumps.