11-02-2007, 12:03 AM
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It is a very common response for youngsters to try and spit the bit out, so don't be distressed about that. Instead of switching bits all the time, your horse has to learn to accept the bit, not trying to avoid it. It sounds like you're using a very soft bit, but in that you have to have a soft hand as well.
A French link bit is very soft, and it eliminates any crackerjack action that a normal snaffle has - it's a very nice bit and my bit of choice.
Also, you might want to get her teeth checked, make sure nothing's wrong in the mouth that is hurting her.
Something you might want to consider is that western riders usually (okay, so show riders...) start in a hackamore to get the basics down pat, then switch to a snaffle, then move to a curb, this might be worth investigating for your situation?