I was having problems with Luna moving choppy with her head up high. I fixed the choppy stride by investing in a saddle that fits her a lot better than my old one.
I'm still looking for a good bit that won’t cause her to be so high headed and toss her head. I've tried tie downs and training forks which would fix the problem but I felt like these were just masking the problem and not really fixing the issue.
I've rode in a halter and the head tossing and high nosed issues go away but I lose a lot of my brakes (I can still stop her but not to a point where I feel comfortable). I've thought about trying a hackamore but I worry about losing my brakes. I don't have any experience with one, is that even an issue or does it put enough pressure on their nose to get a better stop?