Re: Can I ask for some advice please!!!
Trying something new is never the right time try a new bit. You'll only worry him more and it's a terrible time to discover he's not comfortable with it !!! Pop a martingale on him and take a deep breath when you arrive, shake out your nerves !!! If you're tense he'll be tense and more likely to misbehave so smile, relax and remember that a fun ride shoule be exactly that ... fun !!!
Tuck in behind a more experience horse and just enjoy the ride, expecting the worst will make it happen, believe me !!! If he starts to act up give him a job to do, up and down the gears a little, some stop-start-stop-start, a little leg yield and he'll soon settle. The worst thing you can do is stiffen up and hang onto him, he'll wonder what the problem is and stiffen up himself and hanging onto the front end makes it very easy to rear !!! If you find yourself starting to worry while on board take a mental pause and take three big deep breaths, exhaling loudly (sounds wierd, but works) and smile or laugh, you'll be instantly at ease.
Don't worry, it's always nerve racking taking a young horse to something new for the first time but if you arrive with a positive attitude, you'll make it a positive experience for you both. Have fun !!!