I rider her with a light hand, but I do ride her with a slight contact on the bit when I'm working her, mostly for help with bending, flexing and collection.
She also takes the bit very well, I just have to touch it to her lips and she takes it, it's only when I try to work her than she gets silly.
She doesn't try to pull the bit out of my hands, she just tucks her head up tight and chomps ferociously on the bit, which is annoying because she isn't collected, and I can't get her to relax her head when she does this, other than asking her to move out into a trot for a few steps.
I'm considering buying a bit that has copper rollers on it.... would that help?
It would be like this bit: AHE Antique Brown Dee Dog Bone Bit 261-410
And when I'm using her at brandings in the Spring pulling calves, I'd graduate her to something like this: BS Training Bit 263-115
I'm also planning on starting her on the barrel pattern in Spring as well, for that, she'd be in a snaffle of course.