My mare has the worlds softest mouth and is very responsive to seat. I ride her on the flat in a german silver french link and she loves it. She is super soft, responsive and happy.
However jumping she is a bit more of a handful. Now this is not a "you need to fix her flat work" because her flat is amazing. Same with pole work. I could ride her bridleless if I wanted as she is so responsive to the seat. So its not a missing element in our flat work. Plus all winter our jumps are put away and its dressage dressage dressage and no stirrup and no reins work.
I want to ride her bitless for cross country and stadium. Now I am facing the decision of which way to go. Hackamore or bitless? Because she can lose her brain from time to time I would prefer something with a bit more of a "woah" if I need it. I am light in my seat and light in my hands.
Sadly bitless is not popular in my area so borrowing is out of the question. I am thinking of trying the mechanical hack like so:
Should I got bitless like so: