Snaffle VS. Bitless on the trail
I'm looking fo some opinions about this. I've been using a bitless bridle on the horse I've been leasing for a long time, and she does very well with it. Well, I just bought my own horse from a man in my town who is well known as an effective trainer who breeds and makes wonderful horses. She is indeed wonderful, and I hardly need a bit on her at all, except to slow down her trot and canter into something a little easier. I told him that I have been using a bitless and he said he thinks those things are stupid, especially for the trail. He said if you're in a bit, and something bad happens (which is always a possibility) that you're going to have that leverage that you need. He said if an accident starts happening on a trail, a horse takes off or whatever, and you're in a bitless, you could be in a lot of trouble. It makes sense to me, so I bought a snaffle bit and a bridle to use for the trails. It makes sense to me to use something a horse is used to while we get used to each other, and it makes sense to use something that is a little safer for me. He said "don't do the horse a favor, do yourself a favor...you should put your safety before the comfort of the horse, and you can be just as light or as harsh with a snaffle as you can with a bitless"
I have a bit and bridle coming in the mail, but what do you guys think. Should I use the bit all the time since that's what she's used to? (She's 9) Should I use the bitless in the arena and save the bit for the trails?