I rode bitless with my mare few times last year, but then winter came and I stopped. It's been the second day today when I'm using the bitless bridle. In the orchard (which is some kind of round pen for me), she is good. Excellent in fact, there are no changes from bit bridle.
But when we're on a trail she starts troting without me asking her. I have to use some pressure to stop her (I don't need to do that with bit and also she never starts troting by herself).
I've been only on short, very familiar trails for now. She also "suggests" that she doesn't like this route very much (she wants to turn back to home). I spend some time then, to convince her to go where I want. I doubt I would be able to get her on totally new, far from home trail.
Should I ride bitless only in my "round pen" and use a bit on the trails, or will it become better in time?
It's silly, because I can do whatever I want without using reins-if she has a bit (doesn't matter if I don't use it). And I want to be bitless because Candy is more comfortable and relaxed without it.
What were yours first rides bitless and does it get better in time?