A note on the rein tying. . . Start really loose- just a slight tension on one rein. Also, I just let my horse loose in the pen, supervised, like that for awhile.There should be no flipping over problems if the horse doesn't feel trapped. I know the wire bit helped hugely for my little girl (she is 5) because her pony knew he was stronger than her, and would just pull the reins out of her hands. We just try really hard to make sure she doesn't pull on both reins at once. She rode in that bit for about 3 months. I think they would deaden your horses response if used all the time. Light is better, for sure, no matter what bit. Best of luck! And, by the way, your mare is very pretty!
Last edited by payette; 06-11-2010 at 04:22 PM.