Sorry not sure if I said that the stronger bit was a sweetmouth? That's what I had him in before I tried the french on him a few months ago. He definitely likes the action of it better? Think he's just used to it and not the french? He's perfectly manageable in the french but he likes the sweetmouth better. I ride him in it most days now when I'm not just riding him around in a halter and leadrope and he's very content with it so I don't think I'll change him again! I won't put him in anything stronger. He doesn't need it. He's back to his normal self now and is very responsive to my seat and legs again so must've just been a phase ';'