Thanks you guys. It was a lot of fun even though I couldn't feel my feet or talk by the time I got done LOL.
Kevin, I used to feel the same way about mustangs until I got Dobe and found that even though he isn't really very quick or athletic, he more than makes up for it with heart and personality. Koda is still a long way from that but he is getting there.
Mya, I honestly don't focus on teaching them to go bitless. I just ride them for a while in a bit then when I feel like they are ready, I throw them in a halter and go. I never have had a problem with a horse ignoring the headstall or running off without the bit; though sometimes their responses are more sluggish at first.
I am looking forward to the next few days, it is supposed to be in the 40s and 50s for the forseeable future. That will be much more comfortable.