oh i'm all about the nice bridles - i actually have five bridles but they're all horse sized hence why i'm shopping. the cheapest of the bridles i have still cost me $100 so i'm not afraid of spending money - my favorite being the Passier bridlework. however, i can't currently justify spending $300 for another Passier (unless i get luck on ebay!) at the moment. :( i'll check out the plymouth bridles - i like the idea of the fit guarantee!
as far as bits go - i've never put anything in this mare's mouth that she didn't "complain" about in some way. let me think: copper oval mouth loose ring - i think it was too "fat" for her mouth; myler loose ring comfort snaffle - she actually seemed to like this one but it "walked away" with the bridle (gotta love people); a copper roller D ring - only tried this once years ago so i can't really remember her thoughts on it; french link D ring - she quiets with it but still will toss her head and try to grab it. i think a good deal of it has to do with how she was being ridden before i got her back and that she was used as a kids lesson pony, so i think some of it is learned evasion tactics.
i thought a regular single joint snaffle might work for her seeing as, as odd as it seems, my TB gelding HATES anything with a double joint and is super happy, soft and salivating with a german silver loose ring single joint snaffle. i bought a happy mouth loose ring single joint snaffle on ebay today for giggles so we'll see what she thinks of that. maybe i can find a baucher as well as suggested. i'll try whatever - i just want her to be happy.