|Our "Grazer" Bit|
First, I checked YouTube for a video on how to fit the bit correctly. I found one by Larry Trocha and made the necessary adjustments.
The first thing I noticed was how sensitive Scratch was to the movement of my hands. I was very aware of when I engaged his mouth. It didn't take much movement of the reins to get a response and it was an effort to remind myself to give him the release.
Scratch and I worked on our stop and improving his response time. One of the things we struggled with in the cow pen was rating the cow, stopping and rolling back. It is imperative that he stop when I ask, even with all chaos going on in there.
Since it was his first real work with this bit, we didn't spend a lot of time working with it. Actually, it was more for my benefit. My eyes were often on the lower part of the bit so I could catch a glimpse of when the curb strap might be engaging. That's a tough deal and now I know why they say all the really good trainers have soft hands. We'll keep practicing and hope for improvement.