I have just recently started bringing my mare back into serious work after 2 months off due to awkward living arrangements (we had them at home temporarily where there was no space and we had to ride down our super sketchy road to get to trails, that combined with working full time made it WAY too easy to procrastinate). The last place we had them at was absolutely terrible and the environment turned my mare into a crazy, dangerous herdbound psycho. We are now fully over those issues although she is still very aware of where her buddies are, which I have no problem handling and will ease with time and work. So today I was riding her alone and doing lots of things to keep her attention since she was more interested in her buddies and going fast. I had her working well and asked for a canter which was very animated, a bit too much so I wanted to bring her down to do more trot work when I realized I had NO breaks. It took me WAY too many strides to get her back to me (I was ready to do one rein stop but its hard when there are pesky jumps everywhere and it was not a dire enough situation to risk running into one of those!)
I haven't been overly happy with my bit anyways, its a sweet iron loose ring with copper inlay, and when she really ran through it today I realized I need to change it up. I'm not looking for a band aid to cover up her obvious training problem, just a little something different while we work on our problems because that was not a fun experience. I have VERY soft hands and have always had horses with very soft mouths, she's a whole new deal for me. I have a few ideas on what I want to try but was wondering what everyone else would suggest. I've only ever used snaffles and hackamores on my horses (although I've ridden horses for other people in just about everything).
Right now I am mainly trail riding and reminding her how to control her body and obviously her canter.
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