When you say she 'doesn't enjoy the bit' what do you mean? Does she rear? Toss her head? Chomp?
No, she doesn't do any of those things. But, whenever I go to put it on, she lifts her head in the air, and yawns forever... like she is preparing her mouth for it.
She's a good girl, I have ridden with just a halter, even without anything multiple times. She just needs more work with bending without the bit.
I figure if she can be ridden without the bit, and she would enjoy it more, than why not?
PS. Wouldn't jumping be a huge no-no if she can'y do speed events? Even tiny jumps cause concussion on the joints-- wouldn't that wear her out faster?
I'm not really sure yet. I have never jumped with her, and probably won't for quite a while, as we are just starting her in english.
For speed events... she can do them, but not full on like some of the riders.
She was fine when I did that a couple days. The only time when she becomes sore, is when I ride for a long period of time pushing her really hard. I did that once, will never do it again. She was sore for almost a month because of it :(
But, I have galloped on trails, and she showed no soreness the next few days.
I think she'd be fine in jumping just on low levels. But, we will see how it goes once we get into it :)
Thanks so much! Is a mechanical hackamore harsher than a bosal?