How I get a horse to accept the bit is to just put it on. No sweets, no bribing. After it's on, they get put right back to work so that their mind and feet are both busy. Within just a few minutes, they have completely accepted the bit and it's old hat after that.
We had twins on 9/11! Mare's name was Empire State of Mind and we think the sire was New York, so the colt and filly were named New York Tower and New York Sweetheart, respectively!
We didn't even know she was pregnant, let alone that she was going to have twins. Both were a little weak, but I was assured that the two should make a healthy come back and momma mare is doin' great, too!