I decided I didn't want to switch bits to the Pessoa my trainer recommend but stay with the Herm Sprenger.
|Pessoa Magic Copper Moon Dee Bit|
|Herm Sprenger Dynamic RS Aurigan Eggbutt|
I just wanted to check steps off a list before going there, just didn't feel like the right time. So I compromised and used a flash for a little extra leverage. Which means I had to ride in my dressage bridle with my flash noseband that I've never used. I have two nosebands for the same bridle but haven't needed the flash until now.
I had a great lesson. Sam was calm and thoughtful. He didn't speed up after the jumps and hardly dropped behind the vertical. My trainer asked if I drugged him, hehe. Maybe the change in feed and chiro work and the spot lesson with the pro rider all helped to mellow Sam out.
However, because I fell off, of course it was back to basics. I had to ride around with my thumbs/knuckles touching the whole time and the jumps were lowered to like 12" - I was at 24". Also worked on getting my leg around my skinny horse instead of gripping with my knees.
|Sunny ride with Sam in dressage bridle with flash - you can see the heel up issue|