Answers to a few questions
WHICH BIT SHOULD I START WITH?
Before bitting a young horse, you should make sure that a qualified equine dentist has assessed and carried out any work needing doing i.e. wolf teeth.
A soft, straight bar plastic snaffle is a nice introduction to the bit and prevents any clanking against the teeth caused by a metal substance.
Once the horse is settled, moving on to a NS Starter or similar encourages the horse to move forward into a soft consistent contact throughout their backing/starting work.
WHY USE A BIT?
The purpose of the bit is for communication and control between horse and rider. To be able to achieve communication, comfort and consistency, we need a relaxed and confident acceptance of the bit by the horse.
IS IT OK TO CHANGE BITS?
In short, yes, in some circumstances it can be beneficial to change between bits that the horse responds well in. Occasionally there are horses that after a few weeks or months, are revitalised with a change of bit. The change in the pressure points that are effected by the new bit respond more positively and hence the way of going feels fresher.