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Anonymous asked: How do you feel about snaffles with copper rollers in the center? I know a bit is only as severe as the hands it is in and I have decent (but not amazing) hands and I am thinking of trying a bit with a copper roller to help my horse relax, lower her head, and be more comfortable. I currently ride on a regular loose ring snaffle and my horse throws her head (even when doing no/minimal hands work) and will not collect into the bit she has also started not wanting to be bridled. thoughts?
Have you had her teeth floated recently? The issue might not be the bit(or style of bit) if mouth tenderness is the problem. Airy had to have his teeth floated regularly or he tossed his head like crazy when they got sharp.
I don’t really consider copper rollers to be harsh - unless you mean the copper “peanut” instead? The roller really just gives nervous or mouthy horses something to play with in their mouths.. Be warned though, copper causes drool on its own, the roller action increases.. Yummy :)
Have you considered adding something like a chambon (if you know it’s not a soreness issue) for a few rides? They can be very helpful of used correctly and in the right situations but they shouldn’t be part of your everyday tack.