There are deliciously flavored bits, but if she's had your bit in her mouth a number of times and still fights it, it's clearly not comfortable for her. Have you ensured the size and fit of the bit? Have you experimented with other bits? We have a therapy horse who was tongue twitched improperly by some awful previous owners, she now has a giant knot of scar tissue on her tongue. She needs to go in an unbroken bit with a medium port or a very deep mullen mouth. The scar on your horse's tongue, is it where the bit lies? If so you need a bit that has NO tongue contact. What type of bit are you using now? Also, when did she last have her teeth done?
ETA: just read Sorrel's post - yes bitless is a great option! I ride most horses with their own bitless preference bridle. If you're concerned about looks there are a number of bitless bridles being designed now with a very 'classic' look, and a number that can be used english or western. My favorite are the Indian Hackamores (which are neither used by Indians nor are they hackamores :P) But they're essentially a rope noseband that crosses under the chin, used for direct reining. I suppose you could neck rein in them too, it would just be less clear. There's also Dr. Cook's and a number of more classic looking direct reining options. What style do you compete in and what are the bit rules?
Last edited by PunksTank; 10-28-2012 at 12:36 AM.