Speaking of arenas, the BO's hubby was in there last night doing some work and it was pretty good today! I was actually able to ride along the rail the whole way around... one spot was still a little squishy, but they're making progress. I had another conversation with her about it today and she said they're working on it. She made the comment that because she doesn't ride in there (her horse is on stall rest) she has no idea what's going on with the footing and she needs us to tell her. So I laid it all out there for her, and we'll see what happens from here. There's also another issue we're discussing, so depending on what she decides about that will most likely determine if I move or not.
I rode Lilly in the spoon bit I've been trying to sell on eBay for years. No one seems to want it, and after today's ride I can say for certain I don't either. It's just way too much bit for Lilly. It has a fairly high port in the spoon style, and it has a roller as well. It's a pretty bit, but it's heavy as sin and Lilly wasn't impressed. She did okay in it considering, but I won't be riding her in it anymore.
|Definitely not the right bit for Lilly...|
So here are a couple cheaper models I was considering. This first one is only $26 and is very similar to some of the Mylar style bits, so it might be something to consider. While I do like the snaffle style mouth pieces, there's something to be said for riding my mare in a "big girl bit" and getting her ready to be a finished bridle horse. I hear that's pretty darn cool...
|FES bit with 7 1/2" shanks.|
There might be something to be said about the traditional curb with roller bits, though. The shanks are shorter and it isn't complicated, with the only moving part being the roller. I prefer bits with shanks that curve back towards me, which all of these bits do, but these shanks are stationary, which may or may not be a good thing. This one runs a whopping $13.
|SS Curb bit with 6 1/2" shanks.|
Our lope-stop-back exercises went well today and I can tell we're making progress. I won't be able to ride tomorrow, but I'm hoping to ride every day during my long weekend. I'm excited to see how she progresses, and I might take my shiny new camcorder to the barn with me and get proof of our progress.