I just switched Honey to a sweet iron French link and she seems soooo much happier with it than the others I've tried (I've only had her 2 1/2 months and am a new horse owner, so I'm not exactly all that experienced at picking bits.). She did wonderfully Friday when I first used it - that was the first time I've been able to ride her solo because up until now she's only done well when there are other horses to follow. When I've tried to take her on the trail alone, she usually keeps trying to turn around and go back to the pasture with the other horses. Maybe it wasn't the bit since it seems to be a buddy sour thing, but that was the only thing I did differently. She was much more responsive with it too - I didn't feel like she was fighting me like she did with the last bit I tried. It was a "pinchless" bit that had a thick rubber cushioning on it. It looked gentler to me, but I think the rubber stuff just made it too big and bulky. She really seemed to hate it. She did pretty well with a bit that had copper rollers that I borrowed from a friend, not as well as the sweet iron, but definitely better than the rubber coated one.
Oh, and she did mess with it and chomp on it a little when I first put it in, like she was kinda figuring it out, but after that she left it alone.
I was normal...then I got a horse.