Okay my horse has been such a roller coaster ride. Short history she came to me from a trainer with too many horses and no cash. She was trained in dressage and some jumping but never left the farm and probably had lots of down time (no working at all) and stuck in a stall about 80% of the time. I have had her about 10 months. She has gained about 200 lbs, looks great and gets 24/7 turnout. Life is good for her. She was so dead at first, then got super crazy now she is in between. I am making an effort to ride her every day (5 days a week) and concentrate on ring work with one day off having fun on the trail.
She is doing better but she still has her days. She loves to jump but I have not been working on that at all lately. Just recently I started trying to jump her over just poles on the ground in combinations. I also have done little cross rails with about 3 strides in between. Well before I always just jumped her over single jumps or with a long distance in between. These tighter distances have her losing her mind. Even with poles on the ground she gets all amped up and by the time she is going over the second pole she is nearly at a gallop and I can barely slow her down.
So there is a lot of information, but my main question is perhaps a different bit would help. Currently I am using this:
Copper Roller Dee Snaffle Bit, Dee Bits, Horse Bits
I am wondering if a little stronger bit might help control her as I am riding down the line to the jump. I know it would be better to just work through it with the existing bit but I never really gave much thought to the bit I am using. She used to chew on the simple snaffle I had her in first. She seemed to like this one and stopped figdeting. She does tend to throw her head when she gets frustrated on occassion. I usually lunge her in side reins and sometimes use a fairly loose standing martingale.
Any suggestions are welcome. Oh by the way she is a 15.3 7 yr old TB mare, her daddy was a race horse but she was never registered. But she is very TB like... rather sensitive and sometimes nutty but lovely and lovable