Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South Wales, UK
I agree with some of the other posters here that the bitted/bitless choice does really depend upon the horse, and on personal preference. If she chomps the bit a lot, you may need to change the type of bit. You can try bitless - maybe it will suit her - but if she does take off, it won't give you much control. You might also want to get her teeth checked, whether you go bitless or not - bitless bridles can still put pressure on the side of the mouth, and this will cause pain if the teeth have any sharp edges on them.
Also, I wouldn't think that sudden spooking is all down to the bridle, unless she has a big dental problem. It could be just naughtiness, or it could be back/saddle problems, or something else entirely. Sorry if this all sounds a bit vague!