I ride my horse in an eggbutt snaffle, and he goes in it fine most of the time, but sometimes I ride him bareback with a halter and he actually does better in the halter. Before I got him he was a lesson horse so I have a feeling he developed the habit of bracing against your hands/the bit; he still does this but I have been able to soften his mouth some. But with no bit he doesn't do any of that, and his stops and back up are better. Would a bitless bridle be something to consider? I don't really understand how they work, or if they're even acceptable in the hunter ring.