okay, so my 4yo mare has been through all sorts of learning experiences with me. I have adjusted many things to accommodate her particular liking when it comes to bits, saddles, etc. I found that in a o ring snaffle she tries to steam roll through it and makes it aware she isn't scared of the pressure it applies. So on to other bits I went. I went to a tom thumb, a snaffle with a copper roller and a shank, curb with low port and a few straight bars. She worked best with the copper roller. Once I had her neck reining, that was the bit of choice.
We have a pretty solid relationship now, so I opted for something new. Firstly I wanna say she was never barebacked but a handleful of times by yours truly. She never acted up when I attempted it but you could see she was uneasy with the idea for a while. (no back problems) I eventually got her used to that by sporadically doing it and making the experience pleasurable by taking her to places where the food was enjoyable lol. So we got through that. One day I decided i'd see if she'd respond well with just a halter. It was pretty dumb since she has problems with stopping with the bit, well not really problems stopping, but the transition is too long. She is also a speed demon. Well I did it, and found that she was actually quite delightful to ride this way. So i've made it a bit of a routine to let her have that freedom pretty regularly. The distance we've rode this way and the terrain have gotten more advanced and we are really excelling.
my main question is:
Why is it that she responds so well in a halter? I guess that that is just the pressure method that works best with her. But she's a contestor... we can't ride in a hackamore. Does her response to being bitless reveal anything about her other than what I have said? Just curious because I found this to be a bit odd lol. I mean her woahs are spot on when she has a halter on?! With almost no pressure needed to be applied.
Idk I find it just odd!