[quote="Spirithorse"]A stronger bit is NEVER the answer. That's just getting stronger, not smarter. A harsher bit is a "good excuse" for bad hands and not enough knowledge.
I would have to agree 100% as well. Going to a stronger bit only gives the horse a 'harder' mouth. I ride a horse that basically does the same thing. However, I DO NOT allow her to out & out gallop on the trail unless I am in full control. Meaning, I always have any horse on the trail in a standing martingale adjusted so that the length of the martingale follows the neckline (loose enough to give some freedom, yet snug enough to prevent a head toss). Also, when a horse is at a full gallop (fun, fun, fun) they tend to lower their head. Once the head is perpendicular to the body, they take control of the ride. The solution to that is to shorten your reins and ride with your hands higher in the air to prevent the dropping of the head, thus having a more collective gallop at the same speed. When you are transitioning down from the gallop, sit up & deep into your saddle, keeping your hands up out of the mane. Try it and enjoy your gallop through the fields!
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