Which bit do you think would work?
I ride Suri in a fat french link snaffle, but for jumping (or big open spaces) it's simply not enough bit. She goes very nicely in the snaffle for flat work, uphill, soft and stops/slows off the seat. However, when jumps are introduced she brushes me off and rushes like a mad woman who must clear the fences as fast as possible. In fields when we go in a snaffle she gets very heavy in the bridle and quite fast. She is not excessively green to fences and jumps calmly in the Summer but when the weather cools down she is just so full of energy! I am currently jumping her in a french link dutch gag/four ring elevator/bubble bit and double reins. The problem with this is she falls behind the bridle and tosses her head quite a bit even when I ride with contact on just the biggest ring attached directly to the bit she still acts like it's simply too much bit. It is slightly narrower than the flat snaffle so I am not sure if perhaps that is the issue. So basically my question is, what bit should I go to? I am thinking a fat french link pelham with double reins so that I could do the majority of my riding off the snaffle rein and only employ the curb rein when necessary. Does that sound alright or is there something else I should consider? Oh and I also have tried a kimberwick before, single joint and ported. The ported made her bit sour (I am not heavy with my hands but it may either be that her mouth is not suited for a port or she simply is not a fan) and I rode with the single jointed one for awhile but for some reason after awhile she would no longer turn, I put her back in a snaffle and wha-la turns! Oh and I have tried a mehcanical hack but that was too strong as well. Suggestions? Brownie points if you read the whole thing!